Abortion misrepresented as a quick-fix for that bikini body - Síona Finlayson reports
On Friday, Broadsheet.ie featured an opinion piece about abortion that was published in the Wexford People newspaper last week. While the article has received national attention and astute criticism from the Broadsheet readership, discussions of a woman’s right to choose in forums such as this are a case of preaching to the converted.
The Wexford People should be made aware that opinion pieces such as Walsh’s are not simply inflammatory and biased, but derogatory and potentially damaging to women.
Walsh believes that the availability of abortion ‘on demand’ could create a situation where “women could be free to have an abortion in all circumstances if they unexpectedly became pregnant. For example, a woman might be due to go on an exclusive foreign holiday but an unexpected pregnancy could interfere with her plan and how she might look on the beach. Or there could be an unexpected pregnancy in the run up to a family wedding, ruining the chances of fitting into a very expensive dress.”
Walsh’s representation of women in this paragraph illustrates what low regard he holds them in. He discusses abortion as if it is a cosmetic procedure akin to liposuction, painting women as vain and self-absorbed creatures who live in a world of ‘exclusive’ holidays and ‘very expensive’ wardrobes. While it may be unfashionable to talk about ‘misogyny’ and ‘patriarchy’ in contemporary Ireland, Walsh’s views are patently those of a conservative misogynist.
While it may not be possible to change Walsh’s stance on abortion, it is essential that he is made aware of the inappropriateness of his comments. Regardless of personal opinions, religious convictions or moral positions on the abortion debate, the women of Ireland deserve to be treated with at least a modicum of respect that is conspicuously absent from Walsh’s article.
I have emailed the editor of the Wexford People expressing my concern about this article; perhaps you could encourage others to do the same. Read the original Broadsheet article here.
And you can get the editor of the Wexford People by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by telephone on 053 9140100
Síona Finlayson is a recent graduate with a BA in Sociology and a strong interest in gender issues.
Gerisright Siona is blind
13/5/2013 01:56:23 am
Did you read the article
13/5/2013 02:14:03 am
And spelling, degrees in arts are good for spelling. Silly trolls from Youth Defence tend to mark yourselves out by being functionally illiterate.
13/5/2013 06:54:21 am
Did you even read the above article? Obviously not, as she even went to the trouble of quoting the 'specific point' she was criticizing verbatim.
13/5/2013 04:34:01 am
Writing an email now to the editor. I'm from Wexford and absolutely disgusted with this. If I encounter Ger Walsh in the street, he's going to get an earful.
14/5/2013 10:17:06 pm
I emailed Wexford people who said that it was an "opinion" piece not a "news" piece...and directed me towards Ger Walsh who unsurprisingly did not respond either. Apparently, at the Wexford people, you can write any kind of mysogynist tripe as long as it constitutes an "opinion".
13/5/2013 09:50:51 am
How a woman may look on the beach on holiday or her desire to fit into an expensive dress at a wedding, as reasons as to why a woman, given the freedom, would choose an abortion. Walsh's viewpoint is laughably unbelievable but extremely detrimental to women and their right to control their own bodies. Sadly given the amount of nonsense spouted regarding abortion and what would happen if women were given the right to choose, Wash's comments were not initially as shocking as they are. However I too will be writing to indicate my disgust at Walsh's views and The Wexford People for not having some sort of editorial cop on in printing them..
14/5/2013 06:10:29 am
Even though I find the comments completely disgusting, I would also like to point out the fact that women should be allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies for whatever reason they choose. Even if they don't want to have a baby for the reasons he mentions, how is it any of his business? And who is he to judge? It's not his body. It's not his choice. People really need to stop interfering with women's reproductive systems and let them decide for themselves, whichever way they want to decide, and for whatever reasons. It shouldn't even be a legal matter, it's a health issue for christ's sake. Rant over, Vicky out.
11/2/2014 07:52:33 pm
Women were made for rape.
20/1/2014 06:10:43 pm
I was extremely upset to see the article in this state. What does a grey haired man have to do with abortion. If im being truthfull i wish that man was aborted at a young age. Thank you.
20/1/2014 06:12:40 pm
The article can not even be read. The writing is size 6 WTF! I am trying to complete a school project but this is the type of article i am expected to use as evidence. Whoever published this is an IDIOT!
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