Comments: Saturday media columns

Jonathan Bartley is right to denounce the BNP. But the real scandal is that the mainstream parties' stance on abortion is so clearly less humane than even the BNP. 'Worse than the BNP' is not a pretty piece of ground to occupy.

Posted by Christopher Shell at Saturday, 12 May 2007 at 12:27pm BST

Christina Rees article made me think about comments that were being made about fighting the AIDS pandemic after the AIDS international conference in Toronto last year.

There were comments from (particularly from the African continent) that women needed to regain control over their bodies if we were to slow the spread of the disease. Women need to have the right to say whether, when and how they will enter into sex and/or have children.

Women need to be more than passive wombs.

Who knows, if males can no longer rape or seduce their way into parenthood, maybe they will make the effort to engage in coversations with females and treat them like intelligent beings, rather than glorified cattle. They might then find that we have more than vaginas, and can actually be fun to be around, without sex being the bottom line of the relationship.

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Sunday, 13 May 2007 at 11:31am BST
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