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Letter: Column was disgusting

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 6:42 am

I was disgusted and offended by Tom Purcell’s article in Friday’s Tribune (Aug. 3).

Imagine what would happen if women regularly went topless in public! How would our society’s view of women change?

I believe in women’s rights — and that if women regularly went topless in public, society’s view of us would slide backwards: from intelligent, valuable beings equal to men, to sexual objects to be gawked at — almost prostitutes. I would not feel safe in a world where this standard was normal.

Pornography is degrading and offensive to women, is addictive, and leads to things such as premarital sex, STDs, unwanted pregnancies — even rape. Purcell is describing pornography! How would children feel about this behavior from women they respect? Wouldn’t the self-esteem of our young girls be damaged or destroyed? How would our young boys grow up viewing women?

Freedom is intended to benefit everyone. This standard would benefit only perverts, not women. This evil standard promotes an immoral lifestyle and a society where women are not respected as men’s equals, which Moira would understand if she truly supported women’s rights, rather than call her acting out for attention “advocating women’s rights.”

In their book “Do Hard Things,” Alex and Brett Harris comment, “Isn’t something wrong when girls are constantly judged on their physical appearance and pressed to become more and more sexually provocative, yet are so rarely expected to develop qualities of character and intellect beneath the surface?”

Something is wrong. I only hope the world hasn’t degenerated to this when I’ve grown up, married, and had children — in that order. I am disappointed that someone would write this, that the newspaper would publish it, that yet another man is trying to tell women what the phrase “women’s rights” should mean, and that I should have to defend my right to be modest!

Rachel Evans


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