Letter: Back off, Baroness

October 12, 2001

May I object to Mary Warnock's statement: "Seeking to avoid a tendency to obesity, to alcoholism, to aggression or to homosexuality may seem little less acceptable than seeking to avoid disease". ("A design for our future", THES , October 5).

There are no grounds for equating same-sex attraction with undesirable traits. As a lesbian with fat, boozy, fierce friends, could I be spared such ethical guardianship?

Mandy Merck
MA in gender and sexuality on screen
Royal Holloway University of London

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