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Re: “The shame of slut-shaming

The underlying theme to all of this is that our society's institutions - schools, courts, legislatures, media - are still uncomfortable and incapable of talking about and dealing with sex and sexuality proactively where everyone is concerned but obviously impacts women more: it is still a dirty little secret they react to. It doesn't mean some of the reactions are wrong: i also agreed with what Stephen Kimber wrote. All media ( films, magazines, daily news) handle sex and sexuality topics repeatedly - but not nearly as eloquent or insightful as you have here Tim. Which makes me want to believe that through social media things can change after all these years since the dawn of time!

Was birth control to stop pregnancy really being pro-active for women? The answer might explain why our public health system fails to adequately support pregnancy-start initiatives for infertility, a gender "equal opportunity" condition? (Why does IVF have to be private and expensive when condoms and pills to prevent so readily available?) Why is it taboo to have more sex ed in the schools where we teach boys not to rape instead of telling the girls how not get pregnant or raped. Or, how about a discussion in our legislatures/parliaments about legalizing prostitution whose place in our society is even a cliche ("oldest profession"). Regardless of strong opinions for or against, it was only 40 years ago abortion in the US was only legalized in the courts by "accident" and in Canada to react to someone performing them. But now I'm not sure the origins of criminalizing rape... I did find out recently by happenstance that in 31 states, convicted rapists can petition for custody/ parental rights of any resulting children. People can gasp over the implications/fairness of that where the mother is concerned but I also gasp my surprise that any of these men would actually want the responsibility of a child so strongly when they can't take responsibility for themselves or the health and wellness of their targets let alone understand the word "no!"

Huge topic for my Sunday morning coffee. Woke me up! Keep talking! (Writing...)

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Posted by heather.desveaux on 04/28/2013 at 10:18 AM

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