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Ugly humour in article on babies

Published 23/01/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- On reading Eilis O'Hanlon's article in LIFE magazine last Sunday, I was appalled and disgusted at the lengths she went to describe her disdain towards other people's babies.

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As a mother of three children, I am under no illusion that parents find qualities in their own children that cannot be found in others. However, Ms O'Hanlon's article took it to another level, a nasty and disgraceful level.

Describing innocent beautiful babies with words such as "ugly" and "grotesque" was totally inappropriate and offensive to parents. In what I assume was an attempt at humour, her encouragement to carry on smoking throughout pregnancy to reduce the size of their babies' "big head" was in extremely bad taste.

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