Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Rebecca Schiller hyperventilates:

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale seems to have moved from fiction to prophecy, with news of a court case in England that could lead to the prosecution of women who drink alcohol while pregnant.

Oh noes! Can’t women be free to harm their unborn babies without some squaresville court stepping in? What have we come to as a society?

The case, which is largely concerned with moving money from one public pot to another, rests on proving that a mother’s drinking in pregnancy caused criminal harm to her unborn foetus.

You mean, she might have to take some personal responsibility? This injustice cannot stand!

Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at Bpas, points out that becoming pregnant doesn’t suddenly change the context of a woman’s life, and the challenges or addictions she might long have struggled with. Threatening these women with criminal sanctions is not the marker of a civilised society, she adds.

No, clearly, the marker of Clare’s idea of ‘a civilised society’ is that we let women do as they please, never criticise or hold them to account for anything, and clean up their mistakes with taxpayer cash.

No thanks.

Meanwhile, Holly Baxter whines ‘it’s not faaaaair that the Germans despise our wonderful chavs!’:

But just because the Bild journalists see our “vodka cough” and “balcony legs” (the injury someone sustains when jumping from the hotel balcony into the pool – yes, really) as cause for fremdschämen, is it necessary to react as though we’ve been hit where it hurts and hang our heads at our lewd transgressions? Shouldn’t we rather be flying the flag for Prince Harry syndrome and underwear amnesia, proud of the tramp stamps and dolphin tattoos adorning our sunburnt bodies, happy to chug down discount cocktails and increase the load of the plane returning us to our rainy urban lives?

Well, sure. If you have zero self-respect.

2 comments for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

  1. decnine
    August 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

    If drinking during pregnancy becomes criminal because it harms the foetus, what of abortion? The sistaz can recognise the thin end of a wedge when they see one.

  2. August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    On beginning reading this post I was against criminal sanctions. Then I read,

    “and the challenges or addictions she might long have struggled with.”

    and changed my mind.

    Seriously though, this is a very dodgy area for the police and courts to get involved in, particularly now, when the public health industry is trying to make us believe that smoking causes cot death and other unlikely stuff.

    It would be far to easy to blame any old birth defect on the actions of the mother during pregnancy (or even in later years) regardless of proof.

    Proof would likely be very difficult to come by, so then we would rely on health ‘experts’ quoting junk science and rubbish stats in order to put women in prison for doing something they don’t like or approve of, even if it was harmless.

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