Sunday, May 17, 2009


While 75 percent of the readers responding to an unscientific poll on my column's blog feel that the singer/actress Madonna is entitled to privacy in matters such as adopting a child, most readers who commented believed that she has given up any such right.

"Until Madonna publishes a book entitled `Adoption' to follow up her auto-photographic book `Sex,"' one reader writes, "I think that she's foregone any right to privacy."

"Adoption should be private," another agrees, "but she chooses to put her life on display continually. She has a history of following fads and trends ... and leaving them behind once the cameras are gone ... By `outing' her in advance, perhaps we can save a child who likely will be adopted by a genuinely caring parent from becoming another of Madonna's moments."

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Jeffrey L. Seglin, author of The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business and The Good, the Bad, and Your Business: Choosing Right When Ethical Dilemmas Pull You Apart, is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston, where he teaches writing and ethics. He is also the administrator of The Right Thing, a Web log focused on ethical issues.

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