Why we look down on preg­nant school­girls

The Sunday Independent - - DISPATCHES -

THE ar­ti­cle in last week’s The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent re­minds us of the “high and mighty, holier than thou” moral ground that so­ci­ety con­tin­ues to take against un­wanted preg­nan­cies among school­girls.

There is al­ways some ex­pla­na­tion for why so­ci­ety looks down on girls who al­low them­selves to fall into the old­est trap known, other than just the one con­nected to moral­ity. And that is to do with the prac­ti­cal­ity of the or­derly preser­va­tion of the hu­man race.

A child born out of wed­lock sel­dom en­joys ma­ter­nal love and at­ten­tion; the baby is of­ten dumped with frail grand­par­ents.

Na­ture dis­likes weak­ness, which even­tu­ally could lead to self-destruc­tion.

So so­ci­ety, with­out even re­al­is­ing it, cries “shame” for the wrong rea­son, but in so do­ing as­sists the evo­lu­tion­ary cy­cle to pre­serve our ex­is­tence.

It is prob­a­bly a spon­ta­neous in­stinct, a knee-jerk warn­ing, hid­den be­hind an un­de­fined “shame” for fe­males to be wary; no­tions of “guilt “and “re­jec­tion” to pre­serve or­der by sham­ing the un­for­tu­nate “fallen” fe­males in an at­tempt to pre­vent others from fall­ing into this trap.

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