In a recent discussion on a childfree friend's wall on facebook, she posed a question about overpopulation, asking why is it that people spay and neuter their pets in order to control the pet population, but people don't seem concerned at all about human overpopulation.
It's a good question, and I think it's one that more people need to think about, especially before they decide to have children.
has quite a few childfree people on her friends list, so we were making
points about the world being overpopulated, and that if you have even
one child, you're contributing to the problem. A couple of us said that a
lot of parents don't give it any thought and "just let it happen" (the
statistic stating that 49% of pregnancies in the US are unplanned backs that up), and that people should give it more thought before they decide to have children.
of her mommy friends got bent out of shape, and started in on a tirade
right from the start, accusing us of making personal attacks, calling
parents idiots and being disrespectful and condescending. In an effort
to extend the olive branch, I asked her why she was so offended. I asked
her why she was taking it as a personal attack, when none of what we
said was aimed at her. Instead of answering my question, she kept in on
her tirade about us being rude and condescending. After several messages
like that, I got fed up with her hostility, and stopped being polite to
her. She replied to me and called me a bitch.
don't understand why parents are so offended at a simple statement of
facts. The fact is that the world is overpopulated. The fact is that 49%
of pregnancies in the US are unplanned, so obviously there are a lot of
people who "just let it happen" and don't give it any thought.
Why would you give the single most life-changing event less thought than you would put into the purchase of a toaster?
all we were saying was that people need to think about it more before
they have kids, and this seemed to get parents all bent out of shape.
Why? Why do parents take this as a personal attack?