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Rutgers Prof: Having Lots of Kids is Like Littering

November 18th, 2010, Promulgated by Bernie

From today’s National Catholic Register‘s news feed.

Rutgers University Professor Helen Fisher, of the Center for Human Evolution Studies has written for Oprah Magazine and today was on the Joy Behar show talking about women making the choice to be childless…

Read the brief article here.

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2 Responses to “Rutgers Prof: Having Lots of Kids is Like Littering”

  1. Nerina says:

    My goodness, I feel dirty after watching the accompanying video with the linked article. Those women are deluding themselves and dragging a whole bunch of people with them. I love how they show video of “Octomom” Nadya Suleman while having this discussion. As if she is representative of all the people “littering” the world with children. Sigh.

    Let me be clear (oh, my, I sound like President Obama), I understand that some women simply don’t desire children. I understand that there are couples who want nothing more than to have children, but are physically unable. My comments are not meant to impugn or disparage anyone. But I have five children, and though there are some very rough days, overall I can’t think of any other endeavor/activity/job that I have done that can even remotely compare to the significance of being a mother. Joy Behar is so smug and condescending when she suggests that some women have children “because they can’t think of anything else to do”!! Yep, that’s why I endured months of nausea, hours of labor pain, having five humans completely dependent on me all the while dealing with the daily drudgery of managing a household – because I couldn’t think of anything else to do. How dare she. The point is, anything else I could think of doing makes not one bit of difference in terms of eternal consequences the way bringing a new soul into being does. That’s what the ladies on the panel don’t get. Being a mother has been the most selfless thing I have ever done and without the experience, I shudder to think of how different my worldview would be now.

    Finally, I simply don’t understand this need to attack people who want to have children.

  2. Ink says:

    I’m disgusted. If everyone thought this way, I wouldn’t have my two munchkin sisters! They’re both adopted. And they are NOT a waste of space.

    Also, some facts are just wrong:
    1. Humanity hasn’t been around for millions/billions of years, so there couldn’t have been “millions of years of women having only one to two children.”
    2. That latter fact is also wrong. Women had many children–it was just a matter of how many survived.
    3. The world is not overpopulated. JUST SAYING. This illusion of overpopulation comes from dense populations in large cities… but honestly, have you ever been out in the middle of nowhere in, say, the Midwest? There is NOBODY around for miles.

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