Fans of “Fixer Upper” no doubt have heard that stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have announced they’re having a fifth child. That’s good news, right?
In an opinion piece for Canada’s CBC News, Kristen Pyszczyk was surprised by (but not opposed to) some of the online backlash, “because it’s a sentiment so seldom heard in a society that generally celebrates procreation with almost militant cheerfulness.”
We can already see where this is going.
Idiotic. “Procreation is becoming a global public health concern, rather than a personal decision. So when people do irresponsible things like having five children, we absolutely need to be calling them out.” https://t.co/jnTIhtBkt5
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) January 13, 2018
While having a child or five is a very personal choice, it’s also a choice that affects everyone who inhabits our planet. So while many people might find the backlash unwarranted, it’s actually a conversation we need to have in order to challenge our uncritical acceptance of the life-fulfillment-through-procreation story.
Now, as a feminist, I tend to oppose any cultural conversation that involves telling a woman what to do with her body. But women have long been told that they need to have kids to have a meaningful life, and they are groomed for motherhood from a very early age.
But we don’t often hear arguments for alternatives to motherhood. Women need to be presented with options for a fulfilling life that don’t involve taking 20 years of their lives to care for offspring. Changing the narrative around motherhood should help to offset some of the cultural conditioning we receive throughout our lives.
So Chip and Joanna Gaines have to be called out for contributing to a global public health concern? By having a fifth child?
Just in case you thought it was only the U.S. that is witnessing a mainstreaming of profoundly dehumanizing ideas, read this. https://t.co/IpNdNbYvtD
— Paul Gutacker (@pgutacker) January 13, 2018
Liberal logic "We should all be pro-choice except for when you actually procreate. You should discourage that." https://t.co/K62iwXHLvP
— steven gavel (@stevegavel) January 13, 2018
"LOL" – homeschooling Catholic families everywhere https://t.co/i5NHWwaTrW
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) January 13, 2018
While birthrates levels are well below replacement levels. This is propaganda. https://t.co/BkbSaHpxa3
— Return of Elenchus (@DialecticReturn) January 13, 2018
Yep. Think its time to have another baby. That would get me to 5. https://t.co/ZUwTXVzwgX
— Joseph Backholm (@josephbackholm) January 13, 2018
I'll call myself out. My wife and I are proud members of the irresponsible. Glad our fifth one granted us membership in such illustrious club. https://t.co/V6ll3N8ycs
— Derrick G. Jeter (@derrickjeter) January 13, 2018
God bless my parents who had nine children and never believed such idiocy! https://t.co/GUgT2XL8Qt
— Father Bernie Healey (@FatherHealey) January 13, 2018
I cannot believe we need to "have a conversation" about how irresponsible it is to have multiple children. If a married couple can financially and emotionally support however many kids into becoming productive adults then more power to them! I hope they have 10 kids. #ridiculous https://t.co/rnARun2j04
— Emily Sisco (@siscodisco) January 13, 2018
We live in a world where it's cool to kill as many babies as we want but deemed virulent to have them. Never has any society been more wrong about anything. https://t.co/LFUX1VzXe8
— Todd Erzen (@DeaceOnline) January 13, 2018
Stupid stuff here, same old population control rubbish. "The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him [or her] whether he is the surplus population; or if he is not, how he knows he is not." G. K. Chesterton. Congrats to @joannagaines @chipgaines https://t.co/NjGFxZmacP
— Daniel Blackman (@DanJPBlackman) January 13, 2018
— Neil M (@Neil10790465) January 13, 2018
Truly disgusting stuff. https://t.co/4SURgE28oR
— Nathan Bohlig (@nathan_bohlig) January 13, 2018
Ryan as a former poster child let me say this and say it clearly. It is high time we round up all these people advocating for eugenics and show them how eugenics works. That will change their minds really quickly. It's a sad state of affairs when this becomes the public discord. https://t.co/nD8M8UvrEO
— Lemay (@BattleOfChelsea) January 13, 2018
In the next breath the same people will tell you we need to accept millions of economic migrants or our economies will suffer. https://t.co/1GHFotMerj
— oversaturation?? (@_oversaturation) January 13, 2018
Why don't they do that for the illegals; refugees, I wonder? It's just Americans that seem to bother the left. https://t.co/6rBJ5wlBo4
— mezzSINGchur (@mezzSINGchur) January 13, 2018
"Kristen Pyszczyk is a writer and IT communications professional living in Toronto. Her areas of focus include feminism, mental health, addiction, pop culture and digital media." pic.twitter.com/lOlK6rOI7A
— Ashley Rae (@Communism_Kills) January 13, 2018
The Gaines need to have as many kids as Kristen Pyszczyk has cats.
— Comfortably Numb (@lepke1979) January 13, 2018