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Friday, August 27, 2004

The Epitome of a Problem.


A letter to the editor in the San Diego Union Tribune on 8/13/2004 says alot.
The letter contained the following:


John Edwards was so successful as a trial lawyer that it is now almost impossible to find a gynecologist in Alabama.
RICHARD F. JOHNSON
Santee

The problem here should be obvious. See it? Not yet eh?
Look again at the bold text and it's not the trial lawyer part.


John Edwards was so successful as a trial lawyer that it is now almost impossible to find a gynecologist in Alabama.
RICHARD F. JOHNSON
Santee

See it now?

Point one: Richard is a MAN. Why does he need a gynecologist?

Point two: Richard lives in Santee California. Why is he looking for a gynecologist in Alabama?

Ok so maybe he’s trying to make a point, his point.
But why Alabama? Don’t know.

But that’s not the real problem nor my point. The deal is that he’s a man, and that’s whole the problem with the Pro-life/Pro-Choice debate. We have too many dogs in the fight that really don’t have a stake in it. It should be up to the women and the women only.

Why just women? Because this is a question of what women can or cannot do to their own bodies. This shouldn’t be a question of what men think women should do with women’s bodies.

Haven’t we come farther than that? Have we not risen above the subjugation of women as a “second class” object? May be not.

If we think that women are smart and can think for themselves then this decision should be left up to them. Men can talk and talk and talk about the subject, but they have no real reference point. They are not women.

As men, this only affects them in a “moral” sense. In other words – how it affects their personal beliefs. Pretty weak reason since men won’t have morally based decisions about their bodies decided upon for them – hence no truly personal reasons – just ambiguous moral feelings inside that get projected upon others .

By the way, I’m a man, if you were wondering, so I best just shut up now.




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