Skip to comments.‘I don’t enjoy alien parasites’: Slate’s anti-child readers bare their narcissism for all to see
Posted on 07/18/2012 12:16:54 PM PDT by Morgana
Slate magazine, an online publication that caters to an upscale pro-choice readership, got what it asked for when it invited readers recently to rhapsodize about their self-induced sterility and willful barrenness. In a series of articles culled from responses emailed to Slate, the magazine gives us a glimpse of the mindset of the sexual narcissists who frequent its pages.
Perhaps the most crassly frank of the responses came from one Heather Gentry, an unlikely resident of the family-friendly state of Georgia. In an article entitled No Kids for Me, Thanks: I Dont Enjoy Alien-Parasites, Gentry calls pregnancy unnatural and abhorrent, and asks why she should like to, have my body distorted beyond recognition for an alien-looking creature to live there for nine or 10 months and use up my food and energy storage?
Gentry adds that a child is a proud role model for any parasite, noting that after birth it it eats my food, lives in my house, and takes up my energy.
Margaret Ganong, a 55-year-old divorcée, thanks her lucky stars that abortion was available in the 1970s so that she could avoid the consequences of her youthful sexual adventures.
In 1974, I went off to college, fiddled around with boys, and thanked my lucky stars that Planned Parenthood and Roe v. Wade were a hard-fought reality, she writes. Without them, I and countless others would not have had the opportunity to discover our bodies and ourselves without paying the high price of young parenthood, diminished expectations, and diapers.
Twenty-nine year old Shannon Chamberlain, who calls herself upper middle class, says she might have wanted to have children if she had lived in early-20th-century Britain, where you barely saw your kid until he/she was in striking distance of a university fellowship.
After reviewing the inconveniences of parenthood, Chamberlain admits that perhaps having a child would turn out to be transcendent, like all of the mothers that I know say it would be. However, she suspects that her friends are really just lying to her, claiming that the people who make that argument have their own interests, their own reasons for justifying an irreversible decision to me and to themselves, and in the end, I just dont believe them.
One Brad Carty says that children would cramp his economic style in No Kids for Me, Thanks: I Value My Professional Mobility. Rejoicing in his decision to reject children, Carty notes that I was able to travel, go to concerts and the theater, and buy myself nice things while others were paying for orthodontia.
He then married a woman who felt as I did about children, and for the past 10 years weve lived in various cities in Europe (again, I can change jobs whenever I wish). I cant imagine any other lifeI certainly cant imagine it being any better than the one I have.
Many of Slates readers expressed their enthusiastic support in the articles comments section, while others seemed uncomfortable with such a cavalier rejection of children.
Other of my less tied-to-the-house friends w/o kids has written 3 books. I dont know who these people are who are urging these people to have kids, but I say, just ignore those who want to control your uteruses uteri? Trying to talk people into having kids is as bad as being one of those pro-life protestors (sic) who stand outside of clinics, wrote one.
Another left a warning for the practitioners of Slates egoistical sexual ideology:
The mother of my children visited her 97 year old self-described maiden great-aunt in the hospital. The bedridden great-aunt looked up at her and asked tearfully Why did I live? As a parent and grandparent I have an answer that satisfies me. I hope Margaret and the others who wrote is this series dont find themselves asking the maiden great-aunts sad question.
When they are lonely on their deathbeds, they’re going to want a “do over.”
I wonder how many "alien parasites" she spread to her fellow travelers during her "youthful sexual adventures".
Pregnancy is unnatural? Amazing.
Just proves that Liberalism, extrapolated to its logical conclusion, leads to the death of the human spirit.
Being these people is its own punishment.
Fortunately for the rest of us, the FUTURE belongs to the BREEDERS!!!
If she had just said that she wasn't interested in having children or thought that she would be a poor parent she wouldn't have shown the world what a soulless harpy she is.
Few things offer the unlimited opportunity to ‘invest’ your time and energy as children - and the reward is often commensurate.
Some people only want to ‘invest’ in themselves - a doomed proposition as that is going to ‘go out of business’ sooner than most expect.
And then they wonder - “what did I live for?” on their deathbeds in a way that those surrounded by loving children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will NEVER have to ask themselves.
I can’t even remember what my life was like before we had our kids, and I sure wouldn’t want to go back to it.
I'm sure that when this person is 80, and needs to turn to the state - rather than his family - for a hand (because he's blown all of his money on nice things) ...one of Obama's grandchilren will be glad to help him out in the manner to which he's accustomed.
I'm not sure if I've *ever* read an article about more shallow, self-serving, unhappy people. Sounded to me like they were all trying to rationalize their choices.
Me? When I was 21, I thought much the same way. Then, I grew up. I love my kids, wouldn't change a single thing.
Really well put. In re-reading the article, I think that some of them realize that.
My wife is expecting our first child in.... two months and two weeks! YIKES!!!! ;)
It’s ok, a few years of getting little sleep, but it gets better. ;)
“...on their deathbeds... surrounded by loving children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren...”
All true, but how many people get this anymore?? I am concerned about these current generations.
This is how civilization dies.
I was trying to look at it a little more positively. A LOT less liberals to procreate. ;-)
By indoctrinating the weak with selfish-speak. By touting the advantages of a no-strings lifestyles without being honest about the loss of experiencing unconditional love and the joys of parenting. The liberals have carefully nurtured this generation of Sociopaths and our current state of a civilization in decline reflects this.
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were
promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and
ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and
the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings
said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”
He was right.
Well said, well said!!!!