Hunger strikes: a baffling human custom

Strange things happening these days. This anti-gay-marriage protest is probably the worst thing a hunger strike has ever been used for.

In fact, I’ve often thought about how strange it is that hunger strikes are socially acceptable at all. They’re really just a variation of “I’m going to commit suicide unless you do what I want.”

Usually you end up institutionalized if you say something like that. Does the method of suicide really matter that much?

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