Date: 2009-09-07 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Bit of a drive-by comment, but I wonder how much the Australian attitude to risk and protection generally has to do with all of this. I forgot to think about that when I was writing my post, but which I was discussing with someone last night in a different context, and realised it fits in with the home birth issue quite well.

I mean, the fact that we tend to have a much larger amount of legislation about personal safety than many other countries (eg bike helmets, seat belts - both of which, by the way, I think are great inventions and I would use even if it wasn't mandatory). We *think* we're so anti-authoritarian and risk-taking, but that's not really how we act - and legislate - in day-to-day life.

I think the phenomenon you're talking about goes beyond Australia, but nevertheless, I do wonder if there's some connection.
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