Saturday, January 19, 2008

Human beings

The way that the Ipswich murders and the current trial of Steven Wright is reported makes me furious and sick at heart. The first word about the victims is always prostitute.

All apparently that we need to know about the murdered women is that they ended up working as prostitutes. Their youth, their families, their children, all completely uninteresting.

I had the misfortune to follow some links to a recent article by Richard Littlejohn #hawk, spit#, fool that I am. If ever there was a man who deserved to be stuffed into a barrel, padded with burning copies of his own excremental writing and fired into a cesspool, it is he. Him drowning in a pit of shit would be a truer realisation of the words: "No great loss"*. To dismiss the victims and depict them as worthless is to dehumanise them and downplay the gravity of the crime, of murder, of serial murder. If being killed is an "occupational hazard" of prostitution then it behoves us to protect women in this situation, to get rid of the culture that they are disposable, shouldn't be believed, should expect violence and deserve all they get. Not promulgate and condone this attitude.

Human beings.

* And yes, I do see the minor hypocrisy there! Even such as Littlejohn can probably claim human as his species. Although he does it no credit.


Steg said...

Couldn't have put it better myself. And probably shan't try now for a bit.

Larry Teabag said...

Spot on, quite so, hear hear, couldn't agree more, and so on.

Mr Eugenides had a good go at him on this subject too.

Ellie said...

Like your suggestion for mr Littledick or whatever his name is, although fortunately I haven't read the aforementioned articles I can imagine the gist.