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Enhanced rights?

“When Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974, it was a thrilling civil rights victory. …

“Now Barry Bonds … is about to strike an equally important victory for the oppressed of our era: the performance-enhanced. When Bonds uses his redwood-trunk legs to trot around for No. 756, I hope he’s joined on his way around third by the Botoxed, the Prozaced, the Viagraed, the Propeciaed, the Lasiked and the breast-augmented. For it is a victory for all of them. …

“Get used to the 21st century. …

“The social battle of our time is about the fairness of medical technology. …

“In a more enlightened age, when the risks and the costs of these medical miracles come down, we’ll look back on Bonds’ triumph as a victory for all of us. We’ll see our booing of him as symptoms of a silly, Luddite phobia of manipulating our own bodies. I’m sure there was an equal outcry when makeup was invented. And hair dye and the Wonderbra. How our ancestors went on, I have no idea.”

Joel Stein, writing on “Ode to the enhanced,” Friday in the Los Angeles Times