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Arguments Do Not Have Testicles

ranma2 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 2:53 AM
I cannot speak out against global warming because i am not a polar bear! I cannot speak out against pedophilia because I am an adult! I cannot speak out against genocide because I am not a murder victim.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 4:56 AM
I cannot speak out against slavery because my half of the country's economy is based on factory industry, not plantation agriculture.

That'd be, I feel, the more appropriate parallel—women are the ones getting the abortions, just as planters were the ones owning slaves.
Recently, a student asked me whether I had a right to speak out on abortion given that I am a man and could never experience pregnancy. I countered by asking him whether arguments have testicles. The question drew laughter from other students who were listening to the exchange. But my point was serious and worth addressing at length.

The idea that men are ineligible to speak out on abortion has at least six flaws, each of which should be understood and articulated by men who desire to speak on the issue. Those argumentative flaws follow in no particular order of importance:...

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