George Lakoff’s latest piece “The Foreign Language of Choice” appeared on Alternet today. In it he addresses the debate over unwanted pregnancies in our country and the various ways frames are used to distort the truth. He offers a very helpful set of frames that give voice the progressive moral position of valuing life.
The emphasis on framing and language is not a covert attempt to push women’s issues that are controversial — be it abortion or contraception — off the progressive agenda. Quite to the contrary, it is a refusal to accept the conservative definition of the issues involved, and put forward a positive vision, based on deeply progressive values and moral perspective.