No country for young women: Honour crimes and infanticide in Ireland

Fantastic blog post which touches on the recent tragic find in Tuam.

Feminist Ire

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When I was in first year in secondary school in 1997, a girl in the year above me was pregnant. She was 14. The only people who I ever heard say anything negative about her were a group of older girls who wore their tiny feet “pro-life” pins on their uniforms with pride. They slagged her behind her back, and said she would be a bad mother. They positioned themselves as the morally superior ones who cared for the baby, but not the unmarried mother. They are the remnants of an Ireland, a quasi-clerical fascist state, that we’d like to believe is in the past, but still lingers on.

The news broke last week of a septic tank filled with the remains of 796 children and babies in Galway. The remains were accumulated from the years 1925 to 1961 and a common cause of death was malnutrition and preventable disease…

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2 thoughts on “No country for young women: Honour crimes and infanticide in Ireland

  1. What an incredibly written blog. I’m so angered. It angers me that there are so many who think it doesn’t exist. That there is no inequality. That there is no misogyny. That kind of ignorance to the present day horrors leaves me flabbergasted as to the ignorance of the past.

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  2. I very much appreciate this informative and enlightening blog by Stephanie Lord. I must admit that I am one who had no idea such horrors exist today in Ireland. I live in the United States and am just becoming acquainted with Ireland through reading the Exit Unicorn Series by Cindy Brandner. I am extremely saddened and horrified to learn that out of wedlock pregnancies are still being treated with a very Middle Ages mindset. I thought the Western World had progressed farther. Reading this blog has rocked me out of my naiveté. It angers me and overwhelms me. I am indebted to Ms. Lord for speaking out against such atrocities and in thus doing, shedding light upon them for the rest of the world to take notice. Thank you.

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