Originally posted by sasquatch672
There's been a recent campaign by liberals (one of too many to count) to destigmatize behaviors that have a high probability of disastrous personal consequences and deleterious effects on society. A great example is teen pregnancy.
At the same time, there's been a campaign to stigmatize legal, responsible, constitutionally protected behaviors that ...[text shortened]... n't read to have children they can't raise, but not ok for responsible citizens to own guns?
'Apples or oranges' (birth control and gun control), if you please?
A teenage girl who falls pregnant (All by herself through a 'miracle'? Or doesn't
the male who impregnated her bear equal responsibility for this girl's 'fall'?)
may hurt her own future and that of her child (if born) and perhaps that of her
own family. But a teenage girl's unwanted pregnancy does not hurt, at least
not directly, anyone else who's not already very close to her. In contrast, a
legally purchased firearm may be used to hurt, indeed to kill, in a short time
many persons who had no previous connection to the gun's owner.
"Have you seen this new movie, 'Massacre at the Mall'? It's about a teenage girl
who goes to the mall and uses her pregnancy to terrify and to hurt many people!"
If some right-wing people (mostly men) would stop their opposition to abortion
or even to promoting birth control (apart from abstinence) among young women,
I suspect there would be fewer unwanted pregnancies among teenage girls.
How would you attempt to 'fix the pregnant teenage girl problem'? By branding
an obviously stigmatizing 'scarlet A' onto the forehead of every pregnant unwed
teenage girl? But wouldn't that just encourage her to do everything possible to
conceal her pregnancy and to have a secret abortion, even if it's illegal?
So it seems to me that 'pro-life' people should *not* be attempting to stigmatize
pregnant unwed teenage girls if they really want more 'illegitimate' babies to live.
"Sex, lies, and teenage girls. Today's girls are reluctant victims of an intensely
sexual culture, right? Wrong, says one American sociologist who claims our moral
panic is based on urban myths that bear no relation to reality for most teens."
--Stuart Jeffries (8 March 2013, 'The Guardian'
"It's overwhelmingly white, middle-class, heterosexual girls who are portrayed as
at risk in these stories of sexualised girls....We project on to girls all our insoluble
anxieties. The idea is there is so much in our society that we can't fix. More
manageable is protecting young girls from being sexualised, so we do that."
Every 'irresponsible gun owner' started out as a presumed 'responsible gun owner'.
An irresponsible gun owner's probably going to be more dangerous than a
sexually irresponsible teenage girl (what about the sexually irresponsible
teenage boys?) toward the general public.