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On abortion

Do you read Matt Walsh’s blog? If you haven’t before, I urge you to read his latest article on abortion- http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/10/29/its-time-to-end-the-stigma-of-infanticide/.

It goes without saying that the comments are as important as the post itself. I’d write out my thoughts on pro-choice and call out the often political and religious remarks that run through several of the author’s and commenters’ arguments, but my thinking is severely clouded by outrage and shock, so writing is a no-go.

I’m curious about your views- are you pro-life or pro-choice, and why?

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Thilakavathy, IPS

You have a new fan, ma’am.

I was watching her interview this morning and was so taken in by how articulately she tackled the (sometimes trashy) questions. In particular, I held my breath when she was asked, “Female molestation occurs across ages- babies and grandmothers get raped. Yet many people choose to blame the woman as the one who incites men by wearing immodest clothes. Do you think the way a woman dresses has any bearing on rape?”

[I held my breath because I half expected her to agree, and follow it up with a moral lecture on how women should learn to dress in accordance with their culture.] She said instead, “That is rubbish. This is a problem with social mentality. We’ve been told time and again that a woman is inferior to man and you see this happen all around even now. If clothes were the problem, why doesn’t a woman look at the komanam-clad farmers and tell herself that she’s going to have a go at them?”

Amen.

Here was another gem. Many parents bring up their daughters as sons (payyan madiri valathirken), others bring them up as homely, ozhungana girls. What really is the right way to bring up a girl?

[Maybe she wasn’t nitpicking, but she might have wanted to tell the male anchor off for referring to homely girls as proper.]

Bring up a girl as a girl. When someone declares that they’ve brought up their daughter like a son, they think they’ve done a remarkable feat because they view the boy as superior. When you remark that a girl sings as well as MS, it means that MS was an expert singer and it’s meant to be a compliment because she’s training herself to reach MS’s stature. But why’s the boy held up as superior to the girl without even having to try? This is wrong and has to change.

Yes, thank you for thinking this way and saying it aloud. God knows how much you may have had to struggle and yet managed to keep your spirit intact.

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