No psychological terrorism on women's bodies

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Marriage is not a qualifier for success, and it certainly is not a prerequisite for pregnancy.

Why do some of us men believe that it is our duty to have a say in the decisions a woman makes around her sexual and reproductive health and well-being? Seems to me that I missed that conferment class where men were granted divine order to police and dictate how and when a woman must use her body and live her life.

As a young man, I am quite concerned with Patrick Callum's position in his letter to the editor, which indicated that Krystal Tomlinson is condoning a wretched behaviour to be emulated by the nation's youth. To the contrary, what us well-thinking youths see is a young woman who is working hard and also disrupting unrealistic expectations that our patriarchal (sexist) society has restricted us to live by.

Comments posited in Callum's letter are those very same ideologies that force women to get married to the wrong person. Many of these said women end up in abusive marriages that leave them beaten and degraded by their husbands.

Also, we must hasten to recognise that values are fluid and have different meaning to different people, just as with cultures. It is never acceptable to impose your views on anyone else. This level of psychological terrorism towards the women in our society must stop to allow them agency and autonomy over their lives and bodies.

As a people we should concern ourselves with major issues that are affecting the country and livelihood. If people are having a challenge identifying some of these grave issues let me tell you a few for starters — high levels of unemployment, second-rate health care, as well as shortfall in policies to protect the poor and most vulnerable.

Chad Morgan

Third-year student

The University of the West Indies, Mona

chadmorganesq@gmail.com

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