Questo è mio

In una società nella quale il diritto al nostro corpo sembra essere sempre più messo in discussione – la questione dell’aborto è infatti tornata prepotentemente al centro dei dibattiti e l’eutanasia sembra ancora un tabù in una società che propone un benessere solo superficiale – sono decisamente attuali le parole di J. Stuart Mill.

L’estratto che propongo è del 1859. Abbiamo da studiare con più profondità e dobbiamo avvicinarci a certi temi con maggiore consapevolezza e attenzione. Purtroppo dobbiamo ancora lottare molto per diritti che solo apparentemente abbiamo guadagnato. Soprattutto, come sempre, noi donne. 

The only part of the conduct of anyone, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

J. Stuart Mill, On liberty

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In a society where the right over our body seems everyday more called into question – the debate about the abortion is in fact more and more seasoned and euthanasia seems still a taboo in a society that offers just a superficial well-being –  J. S. Mill’s words are definetely relevant.

The excerpt I present dates from 1859.  We have to study more deeply and we have to approach such topics with more awareness and carefulness. We have still, unfortunately, to fight a lot for right that we have earned just seemingly. More over, as usual, we, the women.

The only part of the conduct of anyone, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

J. Stuart Mill, On liberty


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2 thoughts on “Questo è mio

  1. Myabe you are interested in this article:
    From L.A. Times feb. 2012
    The Virginia General Assembly is moving forward with a watered-down version of a controversial abortion bill, despite attracting national ire and ridicule because it would have required a woman to have an ultrasound probe inserted into her vagina before undergoing an abortion. In the new version of the bill, doctors would still have to perform an external ultrasound, but women would be allowed to refuse the more invasive procedure, though doctors must still offer to perform it. (….)Despite the backtracking in Virginia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania are pushing forward with what critics describe as similar measures. And a bill that passed the Alabama Senate health committee Thursday explicitly calls for the use of vaginal ultrasounds. At issue is a requirement that the results of the examination show a fetus’ heartbeat and its organs. To provide such detail in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy — when the majority of abortions are performed — would often require the use of an invasive technique, known as a transvaginal ultrasound. Copyright L.A.times … we are respectful so we mention the paper.
    So, the man who had this great idea could be the next vice-president of the United States.The humanity will have dark centuries because people are scared, and according to Yoda, scare is hate.

    1. I think scare derives from ignorance and could be a really interesting tool to rule: spreading fear fostered by ignorance, means keeping the power over the “plebs”.
      One of the biggest problems in our society is the lack of information instruments: without knowledge we are easily manipulated. Our recent italian history is a sad example of it.

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