Friday, December 3, 2010

The Word You're Looking For Is "Victim"

The last line. I got all the way through to the last line of this article about tween pregnancy ("not uncommon", yet the author could only find 4 examples- worldwide) before I exploded.

After listing the health risks of young pregnancy, Tom Henderson has this to say about young girls and pregnacy:

The moral of the story? If you want to start a family, wait until you graduate from elementary school.

And maybe -- at least -- a good 12 years after that.

Yes, Mr. Henderson, a pregnant 6-year-old*, 9-year-old** or 10 year-old child was surely the agent of their own sexuality, carelessly seducing the grown men who impregnated them. I'm just going to have to assume that Mr. Henderson is a pedophile, because I can't think of any reason a person would think that. Ever. Except in the case of the 10-year-old Roma girl, who was impregnated by a 13-year-old iirc, all the other cases mentioned were cases of rape- the rape of children by grown men, all of them family members.


So, can we stop with the slut shaming of children now?

*Not a tween.
**Also not a tween.


  1. "The moral of the story? If you want to start a family, wait until the girl graduates from elementary school. And really, at least a good 12 years after that."

    There, I fixed it.

  2. Agreed. Unfortunately, too many people (including a number of my evangelical in-laws) refuse to believe that a girl who appears sexualized could actually get that way as the result of manipulation or coercion and be quite innocent, if given the chance to share her thoughts. That's why we people are still allowed to get away with using the phrase "child prostitute."

  3. Don't know how the word "we" got into that last sentence; it does not belong there.

  4. Kill.



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