Wrong or sweet? -
August 27th 2010, 12:22 PM
I was watching this 'Australian Story' episode today in Sociology (AS is basically just a news/current affairs type program that usually focuses on one person or issue per episode... Think one long 20/20 story lol).
Anyway, the purpose of watching it was to see non traditional gender roles.
It was basically about a man building a brothel (though that part is not the part I want to talk about) whose girlfriend had a stroke while she was pregnant. She became unable to talk or move The woman's parents offered to take care of the baby but the man would not have it. He married the woman and raised the baby and looked after the both of them.
This man seemed like quiet a nice, well adjusted guy from his interviews, but something bothered me about it. It is obviously a tragic situation and in that respect I admire the man for not sticking her in a home and abandoning his kid. Not only that, but being a good father.
This must have all happened (the stroke that is) about 12 years ago as that is how old their son was. My problem: They had another, newborn son.
While everyone, teacher included, found this story so sweet and touching, I thought it was a bit sick.
Something about marrying, having sex and impregnating a woman who can't talk or move disturbs me... a lot.
What do you think? Sweet or wrong?
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget