Friday, 13 February 2015
I was on Facebook reading so many posts about stupid men, especially stupid men in America (but not confined to them). And I guess a kind of anger rose up inside me.
What kind of a world do we bring children into, I said. I said, I am the mother of five children, now I am a grandmother of five with our lovely wee Lily being born last year. And I had my children because I love children and I always wanted children and I never thought any further about any other issues. And I would never not have had them. And that's the truth. But over the last 15 years or so, since the twin tower thing when Al Qaeda hit out at the US and then the US plunged our world into this never-ending war which has now bred ISIL, and atrocities on all sides, and so much hate and so much venom, and then add global climate change onto all that - man, I plunged into such a depression some years ago and I looked at my beautiful children and I thought about how selfish I was to bring you all into this dark horrible world. Even now it still brings tears to my eyes. I didn't want this for my kids.
And I wrote all this to to my friend on Facebook, I wrote, no, dear Meggam, you are not being selfish, I think perhaps you are being very wise and that Pope needs to engage his brain before he opens his mouth. (Because all this came from comments the Pope made, that couples who don't have children are selfish) . But also from other thick and stupid men who want to control what women wear be they fundamentalist Christian or fundamentalist Muslim or fundamentalist anything else, and want to control women's reproductive bodies. Cover-up your bodies, men will get horny otherwise; don't cover-up your bodies, men want to ogle you; have children, don't have abortions, don't have too many children, remember the world is overpopulated already!
What is wrong with this world is not the women in it, not what we do; it is the stupid, stupid men who have reduced our world to an over-heated blood bath. Kia ora.