2001-2008
Home
Main
- About TFT
Friday Thing Archive
- Politics
- Media
- Culture and Society
- War On Terror
- People
- Places
- World
- Popped Clogs
- Music
- Books
- Film
- Etc
Help And Info
- Contact Details
- Advertising
- Jobs
- Privacy Policy
- XML Feed

Home > Media

Journojism: Child abortion Catholicism by stealth

Imagine you've got a friend with a problem. Perhaps a female friend's partner keeps having sex with local cats. What would you advise her to do? Most people would advise their friend to end the relationship. Having sex with cats is perverted, unsavoury and could even be considered a form of unfaithfulness, not to mention the risk of getting cat flu - or worse. All in all, you have to look pretty hard to find a positive side to cat rape.

27 May 2004

Imagine you've got a friend with a problem. Perhaps a female friend's partner keeps having sex with local cats. What would you advise her to do?

Most people would advise their friend to end the relationship. Having sex with cats is perverted, unsavoury and could even be considered a form of unfaithfulness, not to mention the risk of getting cat flu - or worse. All in all, you have to look pretty hard to find a positive side to cat rape.

So imagine your friend has ditched the cat shagger. What do you do next? Tell them it was the right thing to do, or turn around and say 'You fucking idiot! Why did you do that? Eh? Eh?'

If you worked for the Daily Mail, that's quite possibly what you would do, if the recent story about teenage abortion is anything to go by. In a nutshell, the story is this: a 14-year-old girl got pregnant by her boyfriend - the usual shell-suited youth who is invariably integral to teen pregnancy stories. Not wanting to
tell her mum, said 14-year-old went off and had an abortion, arranged by sex education counsellors at her school. She later regretted having the abortion and told her mum, who in turn told the Daily Mail.

The Mail then took a very odd stance. The paper was spitting feathers over the incident, on the grounds that the school should have informed the girl's mother.

Hang on - is this the same Daily Mail that's been bemoaning the problem of teenage pregnancy for years? What's going on?

The Daily Mail, in its rabid hatred for social workers and its arch enemies, liberal do-gooders, appears to have adopted a weird 'Catholicism by stealth' approach. It's typical of the twisted mindset of the Mail, which thrives on hating everyone and everything. And if wringing some more hate out of a slightly sadbut mainly unremarkable story means getting into bed with the
Pope, so be it.

But the story doesn't end there. The best possible thing for the 14-year-old girl to have done would be to keep the abortion in context (it was, after all, at a very early stage of the pregnancy) and get on with her life. Instead her mother - the same mother she didn't want to tell - has been paid by the Daily Mail for endless 'heartbreaking' confessionals and now wants to turn the teenage girl's relatively minor mistake into a human rights issue by taking it to the European Court. This is actually quite sick. (And regular Mail readers will remember that the European Court of Human Rights is one of the roots of all evil, along with trendy educationalists and the 1960s.)

If the mother and the Daily Mail had had their way, the girl would either have had to raise an unwanted child or give it up for adoption. This would have been far more traumatic and potentially could have meant another child spending their life in care. As it stands, the girl in question will be branded 'the 14-year-old who had an abortion' for the rest of her life.

There's an interesting 'what if' to be posed here. Would the journalists who are prepared to use a 14-year-old as a pawn in some bizarre battle against abortion and social services take the same stance if their own child was pregnant? Or for that matter, if they or their partners had an unwanted pregnancy?

Probably not.



Comment on this article: letters@thefridaything.co.uk

Subscribe to The Friday Thing for free


 ABOUT THE FRIDAY THING
Bad words ahead The Friday Thing is a weekly email comment sheet. Casting a cynical eye over the week's events, it is rarely fair and never balanced.

A selection of articles from each week's issue appear online, but to enjoy the full Thing, delivered by email every Friday - as well as access to almost five years of back issues - you'll need to subscribe. It's absolutely free.

READERS WRITE
"Razor-sharp comment and gossip." - The Sunday Times

"Hilariously cynical..To describe it as 'irreverent' is to do the newsletter an injustice." - The Observer

"Sharp, intelligent, opinionated, uncompromising and very, very funny. Just like 'Private Eye' used to be." - Alec McKelland

"Wicked" - Channel 4

"Ace" - Time Out

"'We rise once again in advocacy of The Friday Thing. We realize that some of you may be unwilling to spend [your money] on plain-text comment, but you're only depriving yourself." - The Minor Fall, The Major Lift

"Subscribing to this at the beginning of the year was undoubtedly one of the better decisions I've made. Superlative, and utterly marvellous. I look forward to Fridays now, because I can't wait for the next issue. Fucking fucking brilliant." - Meish.org

"Featuring writers from The Observer, Smack The Pony and The 11 O'Clock Show... will continue to attract new subscribers sight unseen" - NeedToKnow

"The Friday Thing is so good it's stopping me from doing a bunk of a Friday afternoon." - Annie Blinkhorn (The Erotic Review)

"So now" - The Evening Standard

"Damn it, you rule. May you never, ever back down." - Paul Mayze

"Ace" - PopJustice

"Snarky" - Online Journalism Review

"Can you please stop making me laugh out loud... I'm supposed to be working, you know!" - Tamsin Tyrwhitt

"Your coverage of stuff as it spills is right on the money." - Mike Woods

"Popbitch with A-Levels." - Tim Footman

"In an inbox full of trite work-related nonsense, TFT shines from under its subject heading like the sun out of Angus Deayton's arse." - Nikki Hunt

"A first rate email. It's become an integral part of my week, and my life would be empty and meaningless without it (well, *more* empty and meaningless anyway)." - Mark Pugh

"Genius, absolute bit of class. And you can quote me on that." - Lee Neville

"If you're hipper than hell, this is what you read." - MarketingSherpa

"The most entertaining email I've had all week. Great tone." - Matthew Prior

"A massive and engrossing wit injection." - idiotica.co.uk

"I wouldn't know satire if it bit me on the arse. But I did like the Naomi Campbell joke." - Matt Kelly (The Mirror)

"Has had an understandably high profile among people who know about these things." - Guy Clapperton (Guardian Online)

"Satirical sideswipes at the burning issues of the day." - Radio 5 Live

"Puerile and worthless... Truly fabulous... Do read the whole thing." - Stephen Pollard

The Friday Thing 2001-2008 - All Rights Reserved