Thursday, March 18, 2010

Daily Fail considers criminalising a generation

The Daily Fail's latest poll is as ridiculous as we've come to expect from them. They are asking "Should under-16s be prosecuted for having sex?" It's illustrated with a photograph of a young girl wearing a tracksuit looking detached from her miserable looking baby. That's because, obviously in the Fail's blinkered and misogynist world view, girls are to blame for pretty much all the evils of the world, and getting pregnant specifically.

What exactly is giving youngsters a criminal record for having sex going to achieve? There's evidence, with the falling numbers of teenage pregnancies, that investment in education to ensure that teenagers have life saving contraceptive information is working and that's a process which should continue. Who's going to seek that information out if they think they'll end up in court?

The Daily Fail's attitude shows a similar mindset as the SNP on this one, though. Remember when they tried to introduce such a measure in Scotland?

At the time of writing, 64% of the respondents to the poll are in favour of prosecution. Those of a more socially liberal disposition, you know what to do! I love it when Fail polls don't give them the result they want. Childish, I know, but I think it's important to challenge the ridiculous bile they print.

1 comment:

Mr Eugenides said...

Phil Gallie once tried to introduce a bill to outlaw group sex in Scotland. It failed, sadly, but I always wondered if he didn't have anything better to do with his time.


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