Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[culture|religion] Children

Out in the Genre car today, BBC's World Have Your Say was on, talking about a book that covers the downside of parenting. There was a woman on from (I believe) the American Family Association, who was righteously indignant about the "fact" that the excuses women give for not having were just selfish. Apparently, it's in the AFA worldview that if you can have children, you should.

Now, righteous indignation is what the AFA is all about. It's one of the benefits of being a certain kind of conservative -- that warm feeling you're correct and everyone else will burn in a merry hell. But this strikes me as just nuts. I don't understand why it's even theologically defensible, let alone culturally defensible.

Since when are people obligated to have children? By any rational or even reasonable measure?
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