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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Because women can't be trusted to look after their own bodies...

The pill is now available to buy over the internet. Brilliant - now women can pick up their supply when they can't get to their GP on time, are on holiday or away from work. And what's more, it gives us greater control over our reproductive health and our bodies without having to run to the doctor for permission, as it were.

But, as was to be expected, The Daily Mail ran the headline 'Fears for girls as the pill is sold online' and proceeded to wring its hands over the possibility that teenage girls could, yes, get hold of the contraceptive pill in emergency situations where they were potentially going to run out of their supply and run the risk of getting pregnant.

We all know how much The Mail hates single mothers, especially teenage ones. They drain good honest hard-working taxpayers money with their scrounging ways and are responsible for the epidemic of youth crime making many of our streets in to no-go areas, after all. So you would assume the news that steps are being taken to help young women stop themselves getting pregnant would be music to their ears, but apparently not.

I think this tells us all we need to know. The Mail would much prefer it if young women stopped behaving like silly slappers and stayed at home with their legs shut. God forbid they decide for themselves what's right for their bodies and their reproductive health. Nope, those bastions of modern morality are here to tell the little girls exactly what they should do.

So another day, another example of this paper's rampant misogyny. It is so ridiculous I would laugh, if it were not for the fact that it has very high circulation figures and a huge readership reach. Yes, people actually hand over money every day to read this shit.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

(PS. I am not going to link to Daily Mail articles. Ever. Working in online media I know that linking to sites gives them higher search engine rankings and pushes up their traffic figures and therefore gets them more ad inventory to sell. Basically, it makes them more money. And I don't want to contribute to that.)


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