Sunday, January 13, 2008

A gold star to Caitlin Flanagan

I'd like to congratulate Caitlin Flanagan for making the astute observation that women get pregnant and men do not.  Rather than deriding the unfair stigma and disproportionate economic and emotional burden that girls are asked to bear for unplanned pregnancies, she argues that women should just be scared of sex, and be happy they're not raising a brood of bastards in a grimy cave on a diet of lichen and shame.

But if, as Flanagan says, "biology is destiny," it might be a lot easier for a society to ease off the stigmatization and maybe lend a hand or two to a teenager that's following the path biology has made for her. 

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