LETTER : Women graduates struggle to get jobs too

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THE point of young men is clearly to fill acres of newspaper space. Every day the business pages of these are full of the antics of young men, and the sports pages ditto. However, if we accept the functionalist/utilitarian framework of such a question, we could equally well ask what is the point of retired people, those with no money or talent, the unemployed of whatever sex, severely disabled people, and those with a terminal illness?

I find the language of the article chilling when it might instead have been compassionate and informative.

The point is that we just are, and a society or community that values people for simply being is not likely to have the difficulties you describe.

We only ask questions as to the point of someone when we, not they, have lost our humanity.

Rose Newman