Monday, February 1, 2010

Gervais gets to the gist of the matter

This is one of the reasons why I love Ricky Gervais. No skirting around the issue, no bullshit. Even if it's completely satirical, there is a grain of truth to it, as is always the case. 

The theme of children: to have or not to have, has popped up on this blog a few times. I like Ricky's take on the subject. It's bold and leaves very little room for misunderstanding. 

It's also quite opportune since just yesterday I was speaking with a dear friend of mine who was telling me she'd recently been told by an acquaintance that "every woman should have children". 

This acquaintance also found there was something "weird" about women who chose not to procreate. My friend then started wondering if there was something inherently wrong with her because she doesn't have an overwhelming desire for children and is perfectly happy with her life, as it is. 

My theory is that the more sanctimonious the mother, the more secretly bitter she is about her decision to have children, and the more envious she is of those who chose not to. Be cautious of those "who doth protest too much". Someone who is completely comfortable with their decision will be accepting of yours, even if it's the opposite of what they chose.

Those who tend to whitewash motherhood are like religious fanatics selling celibacy - the only reason they don't want you to have sex is because they can't.

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