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Arguments Do Not Have Testicles

Rick 2811 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 8:07 AM
7th. Men have morals too. They can speak against abortion for all of mankind, not just for women !
Denise67 Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 8:14 AM
They can also DO something about the unplanned pregnancies that lead to abortion. They can refrain from seeking a particular type of sex. They can also stigmatize men who seek that type of sex from fertile women who don't want to have babies.
It is also possible for men to work to decrease abortion by seeking out obviously post-menopausal women for romantic relationships.
DHE Wrote: Jul 02, 2012 8:53 AM
Yes, stigmatization has worked so well, hasn't it? Sorry, Denise, but I can't go with you on this. People are not going to avoid intercourse - presumably what you are talking about - and young men are not going to avoid fertile women, who, in today's world, can also make sure that they are protected from pregnancy. Also, only older men are going to seek out post-menopausal women (and there is nothing "obvious" about it unless they say so or are in their 60s or up - my gf is 55 and still fertile) and most abortions are not due to young fertile women having sex with old men. I can't think of a single example of people I personally know where that would be the case.
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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