Saturday, November 11, 2006

Holy Shit.


Okay, at first I didn't write any commentary about this, but since I just wrote the following as a comment on the Queen's site, I figured since I actually had something to say about it I might as well post it on my own blog...

Besides getting the chills from reading the article, all else I could think of was someone a few generations back in my mother’s family. A poor woman who was forced to continue having children by her husband because they were Catholic and the Catholic church didn’t believe in birth control. She went to her priest for help and he told her she had to keep having children. One day she took her brood of 5 to a park for a picnic and left them there. She couldn’t do it anymore.

They put her in an asylum.

That sort of situation in itself cried out for women's liberation, and any patriarchy that strives to undo what feminism as accomplished needs to be very strongly ignored out of existence. If some women choose to let that be done to them, so be it - you can't force anyone to have a sense of self, or to stand up for herself if she doesn't want to - we each have to do that for ourselves when it comes to this kind of homefront battle.

Now, I must say that I am amused, as well as chilled, that they are calling these umpteen children "red diaper babies." The parents completely assume that the kids will turn out just the way they want them to, and spread the parents' own religion and politics to the world. I understand that the parents don't believe in free will in any way, shape or form, so won't it be funny when some of those kids run off to New York or Los Angeles to raise hell and make documentaries and write books about their crazy upbringings? And won't it be funny when the kids who get away seek to undo their parents' political agenda?

Want to read more on the subject? Check out the Queen's and Christina's blogs today.


Christina said...

OMG. I don't even know what to say about that. I may steal that link and post it on my site, too, if that's OK.

Scary. And really, 6 or more kids? I can't even handle 1!

Violet the Verbose said...

"Steal" away, my friend - I actually got it from a friend while we were chatting yesterday. Yeah, I know. I am absolutely at my limit with 2 kids. Trying to get the hubby fixed.

Queen of Spain said...

What are your trying to do to me? YOu know I leave for WV in 3 days.

I think I may have to write about this as well.


Violet the Verbose said...

Sorry darlin'! lol!