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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon
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Vasaris, the Fuzzy Dragon [userpic]
Hmmm. There's a post that showed up in childfree and then on cf_debate

and now I feel the need to find out what others think, in a broad sense, about the whole thing.

There are two basic issues going on:
1. Are life-altering decisions things that should be made by young people? The specific issue that was brought up was sterilization, but, seriously, having kids is at least as life-altering as removing the ability to have them. Heck, so is going to college, and we let minors decide where they'd like to go all the time.

2. Is one person a victim of another person's reproductive choices if said choices involve sterilization rather than production of children? There are any number of good arguments about how having children can victimize others (up to and including the children themselves) but what about not having them? Is it an abuse of another person?

3. (and here's the reason for jerkfacedness, imo) Does one person's regret for past actions victimize other people? Because in the scenario that has been posted, one partner is accusing the other of being selfish because said partner "is too young to decide s/he doesn't want children and wants to be sterilized" and somehow that potential regret is a... I don't know, weapon, or something to be used in the future and ruin the not-considering-sterilization partner's life.

If you don't get it, you're not alone. Especially as not-considering-sterilization states that s/he is not interested in having children. Weirdly, being CF, if I had a partner, I'd be kind of happy about my partner being infertile/sterile. I find it freaktastic that someone professing to never want children is declaring that their life will be ruined if their partner ensures that said lack of children will happen.

On to the poll! If you wanna comment, elaborate (beyond the tiny amount of space offered by the poll), or whatever, comments will be screened.



Poll #1423156 I have no idea what to call this, other than it's inspired by someone I think is kind of a jerkface.

Does one person have a right to another person's fertility? I.e. does one person have a right to the use of another's genetic code and/or reproductive organs.

Yes
0(0.0%)
No
5(83.3%)
Yes/No is too simplistic, Vasaris.
1(16.7%)

If you answered 'yes' or 'Yes/No is too simplistic', d'you care to elaborate? 'Cause I'm curious about the reasoning.

Does one person's decision to be sterilized vicitimize their partner?

Yes
0(0.0%)
No
4(66.7%)
Still too simple.
2(33.3%)

Care to elaborate a little?

Does anyone have the right to pressure another individual regarding their reproductive choices?

Yes
0(0.0%)
No
4(66.7%)
Sometimes
2(33.3%)

Care to tell me why?

Does one partner in a relationship have the right to know if the other is sterile/infertile?

Yes
6(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
...er. Do I have to answer that?
0(0.0%)

Wanna explain that?