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Monday, May 10, 2010

Pronatalist Fanatics Dump a "Motherless" Constitution

UPDATED: Here an extraordinary article on how "child-centered" culture creates angry children who act out, whereas adults who keep their children near but focus on adult things raise happy, respectful, cooperative children.

Maternity is not prophesy.

SECOND UPDATE: In a rational counterpoint to Michael Roston, a man who, without irony, presumes to dictate which women can speak for other women, Keli Goff at the Huffington Post has a much more sensible take on the "duty" of a Supreme Court candidate to procreate. Maybe it's due to the fact that she is a woman, Mr. Roston, and can speak for other women better than you can? What do you think about that, Mr. Roston? Hmmmmm?
If you're a woman and don't have kids, you don't deserve to be on the Supreme Court.

I'm speechless. I'm actually speechless. I'll just let this piece of work blogger speak for himself:

To me, if a woman doesn’t have a child, she has only an abstract ability to pass judgment on issues where motherhood is concerned.

If I may ask, do Catholic or Orthodox priests have only "an abstract ability to pass judgment on issues where motherhood is concerned"?

Women with the concrete knowledge of the decision-making that comes with motherhood simply know better – ‘A mother knows best’ as we so often say.

Well, a woman who consciously makes the decision that she would not be a good mother - and many childfree women come to that conclusion - are themselves demonstrating "concrete knowledge of the decision-making that comes with motherhood." And I'm sorry, I have a better quote for Mr. Michael "Mangina" Roston:

I wash the dishes, rush the older children off to school, dash out in the yard to cultivate the chrysanthemums, run back in to make a phone call about a committee meeting, help the youngest child build a blockhouse . . . then scamper down to the washing machines where my thrice-weekly laundry includes enough clothes to keep a primitive village going for an entire year. By noon I’m ready for a padded cell. - Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

I swear, we have gone back to the 1950s. Atheists, once a staple of American life, can't run for public office. Even among my educated co-workers, the women did inside chores, and the men did outside chores. I stood out because I actually shoveled the sidewalk. When I go out in shorts and a tank top, I get the stink eye as if I were walking around naked. Everything is so fucking "family-friendly" to the point that people drag their kids into bars and to art openings. ("Now we don't touch the sculptures, do we? We don't - Breahanna and Jusstyn! Breahanna
and Jusstyn! We don't - I'm going to start counting! One... Breahanna and Jusstyn! Don't you want some juice? Oh, we're sorry that they broke it, but you know that they're just children." AAUUGGGH! So leave them home with a sitter!)

American children are interrogated as to "whether you are, or have ever, played doctor" or engaged in sexting activity, and harshly punished if they were. You know that leads to sexual molestation and Satanic rituals, right? The three little girls that Tonya Craft is accused of molesting were "harshly disciplined" for playing doctor. Of course, Craft herself is "not a nice person" anyway because she wears thong underwear, mows the lawn in a tank top and shorts, and once had a same-sex relationship. She must be guilty of something! According to media-whore Wendy Murphy, homosexuality makes an adult a pedophile as well. Yes, she actually said that - I could not believe my ears! What can I say - that's really back to the '50s (as well as back to the Salem witch hunts if you can believe that children "never" lie).

The main hazard at work for a woman is not the glass ceiling - it's the invisible knife in your back (from another woman!). And we must foam-pad the world for the children, who today must never feel any boredom, frustration, or delay in gratification. Even into their twenties, children's helicopter parents are now pestering their university administrators about classes and grades, or their bosses about why Ashlleigh did not get a raise. In our child-centered universe, mothers aggressively try to ram me off the sidewalk with those horrible, double-wide strollers, or try to push in front of me at Caribou Coffee ("I have children."), and not because their children are with them - because they have to hurry because their children are waiting for them at home!

And yes, I am to understand that it is I who is selfish and who lacks empathy. My judgment cannot be trusted because I have never interrupted a civil conversation with "But you don't have any babies at home" and then launched into a lecture about the other person's ignorance - as many mothers have interrupted my conversations to lecture me.

Well, let me tell you something: for all this current pandering to "Motherhood," I still don't see anyone out there willing to pay a living wage for it. Not even Michael Roston. And I don't think that I am anywhere close to a fool. Women today are being sold a bill of goods - the same old "feminine mystique" if you ask me - that if you don't have children, you're "not a woman." If you're a career woman and don't have kids, you should not advance in your career. To which I posit: Mom Jeans and Sarah Palin.

The "motherless" Constitution says nothing about having or not having a "motherless" Supreme Court. Maybe we should, ah, throw the baby out with the bathwater and get rid of the Constitution, too?

(Shimmies to William L. Anderson.)

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Blogger Bote Man said...


I think the idea is to dumb-down society so that adults think and act like children, thus allowing the gummint to run rampant with little opposition.

I wish I had the wherewithal to write it as well as you have. Thanx.

May 11, 2010 7:32 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I agree. Without violating Godwin's Law, I'm trying to remember which of Hitler's inner circle said something to the effect of: if you want to control adults, disguise everything as "concern for the children"?

May 11, 2010 10:38 AM  
Blogger Stephen Moore said...

To me, if a woman doesn’t have a child, she has only an abstract ability to pass judgment on issues where motherhood is concerned.

Presumably the author of such an opinion would, on such astute logic, oppose any and all male candidates to the Supreme Court, and demand that all current male Justices recuse themselves from any matter before the Court that involves motherhood.

No, of curse not. That's different. I must apologise for my absurd inference and reasoning. Don't know what I was thinking!

May 13, 2010 2:17 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

It's just the same old ad hominem attack. Hey, Phyllis Schlafy is a mother - let's send her to the SCOTUS! And what about parents that adopt? Are they "not really" parents?

May 14, 2010 7:54 PM  

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