As this story illustrates, there are some out there in the mainstream media whose only approved version of “choice” is to limit their reproduction. Those who have large(r) families are, at best, looked down on.
In this instance, the Republican candidates for president, who each have at least 5 children, are positively scorned as being “biblical patriarchs.” No matter what else is written, this author gives it away with this sneer:
…the smug fecundity of the Republican field this primary season has me worried…
The author then goes on (and on) about how women were property back in biblical times. She even brings in the Left’s favorite villainess, Sarah Palin, who, against all odds, has a large family and a career. Gasps heard.
The attitude is typically bi-coastal, much more likely to be considered the norm in New York, Washington, or San Francisco than in Nebraska or the Dakotas. After all, if you’re a working mom, you’re going to be hard pressed to be a good mother and have a successful career. Which brings me to the actual hinge of this discussion.
There is, and always will be, a conflict between having a large family and having a successful career outside of the home. Choices must be made. There are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a year.
My problem is not with women whose choice is to have few (or no) children. Nor is it with those who choose to have a passel of kids. My only concern is that, no matter how many, each child receives the love and care we all need.
For those bien pensants such as the author of that sneering article, the only sane choice is to have very few children. Which reflects their inability to allow others the same freedom they demand for themselves: the freedom of choice.
Children, I have heard said (not by this author, but by women in New York and Washington), are such a hindrance in the working world, and we women must be able to pursue a career outside the home. We’re not property, after all.
No. Women are not “property.” Being a stay-at-home mom does not make a woman “property.” It allows the woman to devote her full energies to raising the next generation. Hardly unimportant work, because without mothers, where would you or I be?
Choice is good. We all should have choices. Except when people, conservatives or others, choose to have more than one or two children. I just wish that those on the Left would not sneer and dismiss valid and honorable choices made by others.