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    Reader comments on Vera Drake

    Subject: Vera Drake
    Date: May 16, 2005
    Sender: Alison FairgrievePrevious | Next

    I see that nobody out there has seen fit to comment on this moving but infintely depressing film. Possibly readers of your site found it too perplexing. Your British reviewer concentrates on the sympathetic central character and leaves us to draw our own conclusions. My conclusions involve retrospective anger for all the lives ruined by illiberal laws about abortion. I was a young woman in the UK at the period of the film and though I escaped the fate of the girls it portrays, many of my contemporaries did not.
    In 1957 a humanist, Margaret Knight, broadcast two programmes called "Morals Without Religion" and caused a furore in Britain and was widely vilified in the press. It may help younger film goers to appreciate the climate of the film to envisage a world without the pill, where young women were taught to fear sex and in which homosexuals were imprisoned for normal activity.
    All this is in the past, I hope, for most of us in Europe but I fear that the attitudes that are shown in the film may be alive and kicking in some parts of the US. Be very afraid.

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