Amp wrote:(Although the comment about the judge being bieasd, which Joe also objected to, seems fair to me; after all, in the same post I also called a pro-choice judge bieasd).Sure. That seemed fair to me, too. On the other hand, I've never seen anti-death-penalty activists displaying gigantic gory posters in grand central station, so I'm not sure that things are as equivilent as Elkins implies. Well, no. Cause if they did that, you know what would happen, don't you?Yeah, that's right. All of the drooling vengeance-mongers would come out of the woodwork, that's what! They'd all pop open their bottles of champagne, and sit back going: Yeah! Cool! Looks like he really suffered! Cause, you know, those guys really do have an unending appetite for gore!::notices everyone staring at her::Oh my god. Did I just say that out loud?And if the anti-death-penalty folks did focus on gore that much, wouldn't that be fair grounds for criticism? Sure. And I agree that the gore strategy is most certainly fair grounds for criticism, just as the emotional delving strategy so disgustingly beloved by both left and right is. Or the outright lying strategy, for that matter.I deeply sympathize with the sense of moral outrage which I suspect is what leads many pro-lifers to try to utilize the Gore Strategy (haven't you ever felt so frustrated by someone's inability to understand what seems to you to be a self-evident TRUTH that you just want to metaphorically SLAP some sense into them?), but that doesn't mean that I like it or approve of their giving rein to the desire to do it, or that I consider it at all immune from criticism.Whether we're talking death penalty or abortion, fixating on gore is an emotional cheap shot.That it is. And I'm not crazy about sleazy rhetorical ploys. I'm even less crazy about them when they seem to me to display a certain lack of respect for human dignity, which frankly, Fetus Porn often does seems to me to do although I do not think that such is at all the intent of those who use it. (And btw, Joe, I'm not crazy about PETA's Bunny Porn either.)I didn't like those Holocaust movies they used to show us in religious school either, the movies of the concentration camps, and for much the same reason: while those films were ostensibly being shown to us to drive home to us the horror of what had happened, I felt that their actual effect was to dehumanize the victims of the camps even further.If I believed that a fetus was a human being, and an aborted fetus a victim of murder, I think that I would find Fetus Porn very distressing indeed. Really, it's a bit like waving the police photos of the victim of a serial killer around in public, isn't it? It does not strike me as very respectful to the dignity of the dead.But, I think that most of the people who use the strategy are probably driven more by intense frustration and outrage than they are by either disrespect of the dead or by any inherent affection for gore.Getting back to the original links, though, one of the things that I found most interesting about them was the implicit issue of how doctors can best navigate that fine line between insensitivity and mystification.To me, for example, contents of the cranium is just about as clear as can be. It does not strike me as euphemistic. It is a bit more polite than we're gonna suck the critter's brains right outta its skull, sure, but the meaning is clear, and I think the latter phrasing would be a mite bit well inappropriate, myself.But what of a woman without the education or the vocabulary to know what a cranium is?Although I know that it was not the intent or the main thrust of the article, I found myself thinking a good deal about how difficult it must be for doctors to explain procedures of this sort in ways that strike a good balance of clarity and sensitivity. They were really sort of damned if they did and damned if they didn't in that Q A session, weren't they? If they didn't explain the procedure clearly enough, they were engaging in mystification. But if they explained it too bluntly, then they would have been open to accusations of being insensitive to their patients.