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There's a pro-life billboard near my parents' house that displays the message "it's a child, not a choice". This message creeps me the fuck out.

Because it really heavily implies that they would like nothing better than to force everyone to have children whether they want them or not. And that's creepy and invasive.

On the flip-side, it also implies that no one could possibly *want* to plan for and have children, that kids are just something that happens, and you have no choice but to accept. This is also invasive and creepy.

I get that they were trying to go for some kind of catchy slogan based on a "clever" play on movement names. But that's really not how it comes across. It comes across as saying that they view children as a burden that every adult must deal with no matter what. And I suppose that looking at a lot of what is said from that side, that interpretation's not all that far off, is it?

Date: 2010-12-30 10:27 am (UTC)
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No it's not a far of interpretation and I agree. Those billboards are creepy and much hated by me. To be fair, I think the other side should put up billboards saying that due to this H-something reaction or something (husbar's friend is in school for molecular sci & bio sci mastership & I can't remember what he said but he liked to say it) is the same/similar reaction seen between parasites and their hosts. Yes, fetuses are parasites!

Date: 2010-12-30 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I think technically in order to be a parasite it needs to be a different species from its host, but that doesn't keep the comparison from being morbidly amusing. (I know I've made that joke a few times, myself...)

I wish people wouldn't try to take the joy out of parenting through trying to make it one big guilt trip. Haven't they ever noticed that guilt tripping only leads to anger and resentment? Poor kids, having to grow up in an environment where their existence is resented...

Date: 2010-12-30 08:42 pm (UTC)
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My neighborhood also seems to have an infestation of evangelists. Jack Chick Tracts have been finding their way into the bus shelters. Fortunately, there are also storm drains in front of the shelters. I don't think billboards can disposed of so easily, but good luck anyway.


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