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What we're not saying about porn

Posted by Philip on 10 May 2017, 4:38 pm in , , , , , ,

There's a lot of moral hysteria about pornography — sorry to state the obvious. The panic targets both the industry and its main audience, young men.

 guy watching porn on laptop

Summed up, the industry exploits women and its products create bad sexual attitudes in men towards women. I'm referring to straight porn — I think things are different with gay porn but that's not the point of this post.

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Child's medical treatment highlights tension between principles and reality

Posted by Philip on 19 May 2014, 12:13 pm in , , , ,

Charley and her mumMy attention was drawn this morning to this TVNZ Sunday segment about Charley, the girl with significant brain damage due to medical misadventure at birth. Her parents opted for the "Ashley Treatment", hormone therapy that will keep her small and infertile for her whole life.

The parents' decision has had human rights advocates, ethics comittees and open-minded medical professionals at loggerheads. Does the treatment breach her human rights or will it allow her to be cared for by her parents and avoid a family history of heavy menstral bleeding and pain?

I can see both sides. I think it's the sort of issue that gets polarised. As Charley's mum said, it shouldn't be easy to do and I think the scrutiny is important to ensure people's rights aren't run roughshod over. While I share some of the concerns relating to human rights and ethics (many have fought long and hard to secure them), I don't think for one minute these parents should be demonised for wanting to protect their daughter from discomfort and possible institutionalised care as she grows.

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Are we surprised about the Batman massacre?

Posted by Philip on 21 July 2012, 6:15 pm in , , , ,

The massacre at the release of the latest Batman movie is a tragedy to be sure, but why are we surprised?

Hollywood pumps out ever more violent movies, including one, the trailer of which shows a 1940s mob shoot out of a cinema and has been pulled from being shown before Batman.

Why do we gasp in horror when reality mirrors fantasy?

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Dining in France

Posted by Philip on 17 November 2011, 7:10 am in , , ,

Last night I dined in France with friends. In a little private courtyard, surrounded by trees. There was beautiful food, wine and we laughted a lot.

Actually, it was at an inaccessible restaurant in Long Bay, NZ.

But they were creative and generous and set up a table out the back. We used our imaginations.

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I could have been homeless

Posted by Philip on 3 November 2011, 7:21 am in , , , ,

People have asked me in the past, "What do you think you would be like if you hadn't been disabled?"

It's a bit of a silly question and I've often answered dismissively, "Like my twin brother."

But a question that has more interest to me is, "What could have happened differently, had I had common rather than unique function?"

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