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Don’t miss one of the most articulate pieces written this year on the bizarre aversion to motherhood and childrearing that is sweeping our elite institutions.

Mollie Hemingway’s

Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women

 

at The Federalist.

 

There are too many outstanding passages to quote them all here, but I’ll try to pick out the best:

Last week Deadspin ran six sentences and a picture under the headline “Philip Rivers Is An Intense Weirdo.”

The final two sentences about the San Diego Charger quarterback were blunt:

And he’s also about to have his seventh kid. There are going to be eight people with Rivers DNA running around this world.

Ah yes. How “intensely weird” it is for an NFL player to be having his seventh kid. Except that it isn’t weird at all for an NFL player to have his seventh kid. It’s only weird for an NFL player to have seven kids with his one wife.

 

And this one:

There is much more than a whiff of the misogyny in denigrating mothers of multiple children as brainless, in stating that mothers who are homemakers are inferior to those who “earn” their living, or in attacking women for prioritizing fertility above independence. It’s not just that nobody on planet earth could be truly independent — which is to say completely self-reliant or free of any other human support. It’s not just that we each depended on others from the moment of our conception to birth, but all of society is comprised of individuals who work with each other and depend on each other throughout their lives. Or healthy societies are, at least. It may be impolitic to suggest that men and women are in any way different, science be damned, but many women have a particular specialty in cultivating relationships and family. To denigrate women who acknowledge and accept this as a good thing rather than fight against it is not exactly life-affirming.

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Written by mrsdkmiller

October 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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