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.
Wow, these people are such haters and very delusional. Sex and conception are part of nature which makes it a natural human condition. They must really hate their parents, especially the mother who gave birth to them. I wonder if it is nature or nurture that creates people like these. Thankfully they have chosen not to create more like themselves.
I really can’t understand this rejection of female nature, beauty and power. This is pretty much a statement about women claiming they think the nature of males, abet a hollow and dark imitation, is superior to their own nature. It’s a dyke act and it’s been called penis envy.
Liberals are is not happy just rejecting and distorting their own female nature, sadly. They work overtime to hobble, debase and degrade women on a full time basis in every way they can imagine. They know they can best hurt women by hobbling their families, children and men.
Dude! Killing her is not the answer. Her finding God is.
How about blaming the men who abandon the women and their children? (you can thank the gov for breaking up the home) Yea I can understand why men will hate their wives after a divorce but why to they hate their kids too? Before I get harped on by hundreds of male FReepers, I have known many a woman who’s man left them and the kids never to see him again!
Though I’m a male FReeper, I won’t harp on you. And though it’s a bit off the subject, you make a very good point. (On that subject, I save my harping for the men who renege on their manly duties.)
One might argue that in our society women have, by their drive for equality with men, largely pulled away from men. This doesn’t excuse us men from abandoning our children - no more than “guilt-free” abortion excuses women from murdering them.
I find this thought process strange. I have three daughters. My oldest is married and out of the house, but my younger two are teens. I woke up early this Saturday, and as I waited for the coffee, I peeked in their rooms while they slept (it’s the only time they seem to be still long enough, these days), and I was overwhelmed. I told my husband that no matter what else we ever do, these children are the best things we ever did. All of them. I don’t regret a second of it, even when supporting them means tons of overtime LOL.
Seems to be one quick way to find him! lol