Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Babies: An Unalloyed Good
"So a few days ago, I mentioned the insanity and evil of Child Free zealots who loathe both children and humanity, saying things like, “The AIDS epidemic, rather than being a scourge, is a welcome development in the inevitable reduction of human population. .  .  . If [it] didn’t exist, radical environmentalists would have to invent [it].” calling fertility “the real inconvenient truth” and demanding for a “planetary law” limiting women to a single child in order to “reverse the disastrous global birthrate” which is responsible for climate change.

The response was volcanic and deeply illustrative of the principle that sin makes you stupid, most especially with those people who spend all their time worshipping the Intellect instead of using it. "

I don't even know where to begin with this one. Perhaps someone more schooled in the formal labeling of logical fallacies can give a rundown, but without such tools at my disposal, a thorough criticism would take more effort than this tripe deserves.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Childless by (100% Regret-Free) Choice

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"Authors Scott, Fisher and May are all confident that society is turning a corner on childlessness. So are the other women I interviewed, almost all of whom said their parents and friends accepted their decision. Even the majority of Vincent Ciaccio’s friends were, if not fully supportive, at least tolerant of his decision. Ciaccio is a braver soul than I am—he had surgery to make it physically impossible for him to have a child. The vasectomy took place 10 years ago, when he was 23. (His family knew he was considering the procedure, then learned he had gone through with it when he appeared on Sally Jessy Raphael to discuss his decision, and Grandma happened to be watching and saw the caption under his head.) His reasoning: The procedure would be less invasive for him than a tubal ligation would be for his then-girlfriend (they've since married), and doctors tend to give men seeking sterilization less grief than they do women—a theory reinforced by the stories Ciaccio heard when he and his wife, a corporate lawyer, became spokes people for No Kidding!, an international social club that arranges get-togethers for childless people.

“For close to 10 years I spoke with people from all over the country and even the world,” Ciaccio says. “And I think in part the problem comes down to some doctors’ mindset of, You say you don’t want kids now but, you know, you’re going to change your mind because all women want kids. So I’m not going to perform this procedure because I know you better than you know you.’ ”

Though his wife is still active in No Kidding!, Ciaccio bowed out in order to concentrate on his PhD thesis at Rutgers University. The topic: men who don't want children, a group he feels has been underresearched. "
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Rising trend: Not bringing up baby

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Screaming children not welcome in one N.C restaurant

Screaming children not welcome in one N.C restaurant

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The dog-walkers vs. the 'breeders'


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The Childfree Movement, Archetype of Evil \

Yeah, this is one of those groups that thinks overpopulation is a myth, ("Do they really think God would create a world that we could outgrow?") I was raised in the line of Catholicism that thinks people dying from lack of potable water is a bad thing, so I can't really relate or comment.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Childfree: Do They Regret Their Choices When They're Old?

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"But are the childfree more likely to not to have anyone there for them when they are old? Studies indicate that it’s not the case. Those without children tend to seek out form stronger social networks than aged parents (whose support network is likely their family, for better or worse). These kinds of relations contribute to feelings of well-being in their senior years.

What else contributes to well-being when you’re old? The common thought is having one’s kids around, but research tends to indicate otherwise. Kids don’t help create well-being as much as having one’s spouse or partner around, and lack of financial distress. In a word, feeling good in later years has more to do with if your partner is around and if you have enough money.

And research also indicates that old people without kids have more money. They suffer when their partner passes just like parents, but will likely have someone there for them, just not loved ones by blood. "
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Love thy neighbour? Not with kids

Love thy neighbour? Not with kids:
"We live on the third level and there is a large balcony that’s great for the kids to play on. A few weeks ago, we had friends over and their toddler threw three individually wrapped lollies over the edge. They landed on the grass of a courtyard below.
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Kids... what can you do? She was three, so we took the lollies away.

This week my daughter and a friend were playing with a rubber handball on the balcony and, you guessed it, it took 10 minutes before it too landed in the courtyard.

I was inside doing motherly things at the time when I heard a female speaking in a raised, aggressive tone. I did not realise she was yelling at my children until I heard one of them apologising.

Apparently she was so incensed by the unwanted lollies appearing on her lawn and now a ball landing on it, that she was going to report the children to the site manager before telling the girls she was “getting really pissed off” and marching inside."
Erm... really? She didn't like things being thrown onto her property? Go figure.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Having kids changes your relationships with certain friends

I went to stay with a mate of mine a couple of weekends ago – she’s pregnant with twins, so obviously she hasn’t got any toys in her house yet. My two ended up playing with her dustpan and brush for entertainment! I’m certainly not expecting people who don’t have kids to have toys on hand just because we’re coming to stay, but going to stay with people who do have kids is much less stressful."
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