Comment: Does Martha Burk (of Masters Golf Tournament protest fame) actually advocate forced male sterilization?
I received an email that said: "Burk has expressed her desire to have all men chemically castrated at puberty. The process will be reversed only when a committee has decided that procreation might be a good idea for this particular male."
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quote:The controversy involves Martha Burk - the virago who blasted the privately owned Atlanta National Golf Club for not admitting women members. An old Ms Magazine article (Nov/Dec 1997) has surfaced in which Burk advocates the mandatory sterilization of men at puberty as a solution to the abortion debate.
Is "the "Sperm stops here!" a hoax, as Burk claims?
Kathryn Lopez in National Review and Rush Limbaugh on his radio program took it at face value. To their embarrassment. But there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
True, the "Sperm stops here!" aims at satire. The tip-off is Burk's lead-in: "A modest proposal..." This refers to Jonathan Swift's famous satire "A Modest Proposal" (1729) in which he exaggerates British policies in Ireland in order to discredit them. He carries British callousness to its logical conclusion by suggesting that the English farm and eat Irish babies. Swift intends to elicit horror in his readers. By contrast, Burk is defending a policy - abortion - by ascribing absurd positions to its opponents, which they have never held. She opens by stating that both sides believe "if all babies were planned...women wouldn't seek abortions." If abortion is outlawed, therefore, men at puberty must be chemically sterilized. Then State tribunals (and women) could plan all babies. Burk is eliciting contempt for those who question abortion. Source, which includes a link to the Ms article.