Thursday, May 23, 2013

Who owns a woman's body?

This article, from ABC Religion and Ethics, titled Who owns a woman's body? Why Angelina Jolie got it right, and Femen hasn't, is worth thinking through. Here is one paragraph:
By contrast, what is particularly noteworthy about Jolie's own description of her decision to undergo surgery is the absence of any such slogans about free choice or ownership of her body. Instead, the locus of her decision is placed with her concern for her children's peace of mind: "I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer." Such a statement implies the recognition that her body is not simply her own possession. Others have some relation to her body, and what happens to it impacts on the lives (and thus bodies) of other human beings.

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