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1 Joanne  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:21:47am
Just how is abortion not an issue of “justice, inequality and human rights”?

It most certainly is and TED/TEDWomen are taking the easy, most expedient out, one having not an ounce of courage by not ruffling feathers. Too bad women are the one who will suffer.

2 BusyMonster  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 9:31:54am

TED has an agenda, sounds like. And not one they’re willing to be candid about either.

3 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 3:05:18pm

re: #2 BusyMonster

TED has an agenda, sounds like. And not one they’re willing to be candid about either.

The most favorable interpretation (which I’m not willing to grant without question) would be political naiveté on the part of the TED organizers.

4 wrenchwench  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 3:15:03pm

In the seventies, the big controversy in feminism was recognition of Lesbians and their issues as feminists and feminist issues. Then women of color. Not surprised that now it’s trans women.

The TED organizers are just cashing in on the movement, celebrating what some women have achieved and ignoring the poor, as always. They are rich women (look at the ticket prices) and rich women have never had a problem with access to abortion.

5 Bridgeghazi: Never Forget!!11!!!!11  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 3:16:04pm

re: #1 Joanne

I agree, they don’t want to ruffle any feathers. However, they are ruffling feathers, people who are pro choice and want this issue addressed are being ruffled. I think, they don’t want to ruffle anti abortionists. Which means, they are choosing sides whether they intended to or not.

6 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 3:18:10pm

re: #4 wrenchwench

In the seventies, the big controversy in feminism was recognition of Lesbians and their issues as feminists and feminist issues. Then women of color. Not surprised that now it’s trans women.

The TED organizers are just cashing in on the movement, celebrating what some women have achieved and ignoring the poor, as always. They are rich women (look at the ticket prices) and rich women have never had a problem with access to abortion.

The rich by and large don’t have to deal with real political opposition to getting what they want, so it is easy to understand where this political naiveté (if that’s all it really is) is coming from.

7 EPR-radar  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 3:19:18pm

re: #5 Bridgeghazi: Never Forget!!11!!!!11

I agree, they don’t want to ruffle any feathers. However, they are ruffling feathers, people who are pro choice and want this issue addressed are being ruffled. I think, they don’t want to ruffle anti abortionists. Which means, they are choosing sides whether they intended to or not.

Nobody can be on the sidelines of this issue. Either you think that women are full humans or you do not.

8 FemNaziBitch  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 5:46:26pm

re: #7 EPR-radar

Nobody can be on the sidelines of this issue. Either you think that women are full humans or you do not.

I’d give you $1M updings if I could.

9 wrenchwench  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 6:07:19pm

re: #6 EPR-radar

The rich by and large don’t have to deal with real political opposition to getting what they want, so it is easy to understand where this political naiveté (if that’s all it really is) is coming from.

Not naiveté. Self-centeredness. Lack of compassion. Sometimes to the point of complete ignorance of who they are ignoring, other times with cold knowledge.

10 wheat-dogghazi  Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:51:23pm

TEDtalks are all about positive messages, feel-good things, incredible challenges that the speaker or audience face and how they can be overcome. People listening to or attending TEDtalks get a feeling that “they are making a difference” or “broadening their minds” with each 18-minute talk-talk.

The topics presented are never polarizing, because there’s no “feel good” in pissing off half the audience.

Abortion is polarizing. It is not intrinsically a “feel good” subject, whether you are pro-choice or not. It doesn’t fit the TEDtalks paradigm.

TEDtalks are usually quite intellectual, rarely emotional.

I’ve watched many TEDtalks, and used them with my EFL students. The videos are easy to download, I can add subtitles at will, and the subjects are often interesting, and sometimes thought-provoking. But TED is an offspring of the self-actualization movement. The focus is rarely about people actually doing something meaningful to help other people.

11 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 7:40:09am

re: #10 wheat-dogghazi

I just posted another article regarding this topic you may want to read.

12 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:32:36am

re: #10 wheat-dogghazi

But TED is an offspring of the self-actualization movement.

Now it makes sense.

13 wrenchwench  Fri, Feb 14, 2014 8:33:23am

re: #10 wheat-dogghazi

The focus is rarely about people actually doing something meaningful to help other people.

Now it makes even more sense.


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