Venerable newspaper blames feminism for pedophilia fear
Maybe there was a party at the Sydney Morning Herald last night and after seven schooners the leader writer remembered they hadn’t filed and had to pull something out of their arse.
Only that could explain the paper’s editorial this morning. Although the SMH website editors obviously think it’s a cracker, and have put it right up the top of its site, it is an unusual spot for an editorial.
After reading it three times, here is a summary of the Herald’s editorial position.
- Helen Gurley Brown died this week, so everyone is talking about the woman who was basically the mother of modern women’s magazines and a strain of fun, sexually-liberated feminism.
- This brand of feminism has had dire consequences - including a direct causal link with the fact Virgin has a policy of only seating unaccompanied minors next to women.
- We’re very fearful of pedophiles.
- The furor over Bill Henson’s photos are evidence of this.
- Society is saturated with sex - a state for which Gurley Brown is significantly responsible.
- Some bits of feminism are good.
- But not all good.
- Commercialisation of sex has changed our culture.
- Porn is “almost chic”.
- The web has normalised people who were once considered a bit freaky deaky.
- A small number of men are pedophiles.
- Society thinks the number is much larger.
- Marriage was destroyed by the sexual revolution.
- Which means more kids fly unaccompanied between cities to visit their parents.
- Airlines have no choice but to cater to irrational fears of the parents of these children.
- This might offend some men.
- But they should get over it because of terrorism.
- So don’t worry. Everything is fine.
Except at the Sydney Morning Herald.
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