How far should a parent go to find a sexual partner for her disabled son? That’s exactly what one woman in the UK is actively doing. She’s even going as far to say she would consider paying for a prostitute for her son who has Downs Syndrome.
This blogger asks How many mothers seek hookers for their sons?
This blogger thinks it’s tasteless.
“Yuck. Not yuck to the idea that someone with Down’s might be a sexual being or even a parent (though I have concerns about the latter), or to the idea that we have to face the tricky question of when someone does or doesn’t have the mental capacity to consent to sex. I don’t even, under the right circumstances, think a prostitute would be awful.
No, just a big yuck that a mum is so desperate to prove her kid normal (and, dare I say it, make a political/social point) that she’ll violate his privacy and meddle in his life in totally abnormal ways by making his sex life (1) her business and (2) a cause celebre”
Condoms aren’t the answer to HIV/AIDS
Or at least that’s the view of the Pope. He made the comments on a tour of Africa. To many people around the world it seems a ridiculous suggestion. But not this columnist who agrees that sexual abstinence and fidelity in marriage is the answer. Do condoms increase the problems of AIDS?
Ailing insurer AIG will be required to pay back hugely controversial bonuses it awarded after taking public bail-out money, according to the US Treasury Secretary. It comes after huge public criticism of how he’s handled the bail out.
It’s not just the US of course that has faced the issue of huge bonuses being paid to workers at bailed out companies. In the UK the RBS group wanted to pay out £1bn in bonuses before the government stepped in and limited it. Saying it was to end the culture of rewarding failure.
Last month, RBS announced the largest corporate loss in British history, not before it emerged that the man man at the helm Sir Fred Goodwin would receive a £16.6m pension pot
It’s easy to be angry with bankers, blame them for the mess that we’re in. But is now the time to move on? Should we let bankers get on with being bankers? And do we have to face facts that we have to pay bonuses to keep top talent?
You can read Mark’s post here yesterday about Iowa senator Charles Grassley who suggested that disgraced AIG executives should resign – or kill themselves.
And do you work in a “can do culture”, encouraged to use “blue sky thinking”, a ‘seedbed’ that encourages ‘coterminosity’ between local authorities and ends the ‘ topdown’? If that makes no sense join the club. The Local Government Association in the UK has produced a list of 200 ‘council-speak’ phrases it wants members to ban. Should we defend the right to use jargon?
We’re very lucky on WHYS we don’t get too many flame thrower comments on the blog and over time we’ve had to ban very few people. Have a read of David Mitchell’s piece and see what you make of it.