Remember when we named Jennifer Giroux “A Wingnut to Watch in 2005”? Yeah, so I’m the only one. I’ll review her history later, but for now, let’s take a look at her new RenewAmerica column, “Women…..where are your children?”
With the release of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, the past few days we have seen the analysis of women who are having (and not having) children. According to Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, the highest group of women on track for loneliness in their twilight years due to ‘childlessness’ are White women (20%). Not too far behind comes Black and Hispanic women (17%) followed closely by Asian women (16%).
I have to admit that I personally am a White woman without children, and thus right on track for my “loneliness in my twilight years” future. But now that Jenn has warned me of my fate, I guess I still have time for some fortification and a bastard, simply so that I don’t have to feel alone during my declining years.
Unfortunately, what you do not see in this study is an analysis of the “post contraceptive regret” that is prevalent among all ethnic groups of women.
How do I know this?
Because Jenn, like The Shadow, knows what evil lurks in the hearts of women.
First hand testimony and Nursing experience.
“Nursing” is capitalized because Jenn has so MUCH experience with it, what with nine children she had to breast-feed.
Ask any mom of a large family and she will tell you that women often approach us in public when they see our many children and express sadness and remorse or tell (a perfect stranger) why it is that she wanted to have more children “but……….”
Really? Not that I doubt Jenn or anything, but before I believe this, I want to see a reputable polling group ask this question of a significant sampling of moms of large families. I know that my own mother has six children, and I was frequently in public with her, and I never heard anyone, perfect stranger or not, tell my mother that she wanted to have more children “but … feminism wouldn’t let me.”
Over the years as a Registered Nurse, I experienced a steady pattern of women who shared their gut-wretching stories of pain and sadness from their choice at a young age to not have children.
You’ll note that Jenn doesn’t say that she experienced this pattern while working as a RN (because as the mother of nine, it would have been wrong of her to work full-time outside the home). But yes, I imagine that as she was out in public, just going about her business as a woman with a nursing license and a whole heap o’ progeny, a steady pattern of women came up to her and wretched their guts out about how … they could have had 19 children and a reality series on The Exploitation Channel if only they hadn’t stopped having kids when they didn’t want any more.
Some were sterilized even before having even one child.
Really, again? Because doctors are usually loath to tie the tubes of a childless woman. But maybe she’s talking about women without kids who use a lot of Lysol hand sanitizer. In any case, Jenn has met as least three or four of these sterilized, childless women, and presumably they wretched their guts to her about how wrong they were about everything.
I also witnessed Nursing homes where older women, sit staring with a far away blank look on their faces while rocking a baby doll for consolation.
I too have witnessed this. These unfortunate women are suffering from dementia, and have reverted to thoughts and actions of childhood. Feminism really can’t be blamed for Alzheimer’s, no matter now much Jenn would like to claim it was so.
These Nursing homes and Retirement centers are now prisons of loneliness. The inmates go day after day and week after week with no children or grandchildren to visit them.
Because their selfish children and grandchildren don’t make the effort to see them! Which is a great argument for not having kids – you bring them into this world, sacrifice your hopes and dreams to raise them, and then, when you’re old, do they ever visit? NO! You might as well use your time and energy to have a career and make lots of money – then you can pay for a male prostitute to come by when you are feeling lonely.
They live a self imposed life sentence with the burning regret over the children they willingly prevented or aborted.
I think that a scientific study would find that at least 80% of nursing home “inmates” who don’t receive regular visitors were parents during their reproductive years.
When I was a child we lived 5 doors from St. Margaret of Cortona church. I recall how often we would walk down the street during Lent to frequently attend the Stations of the Cross. It is not until recently that I have been able to fully grasp what was meant by Our Lord as he met the women of Jerusalem on the way to the Cross:
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, “Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed!” (Luke 23:28)
“Blessed are the barren” is exactly what the media is saying to us when we are told, “Women have more options than in the past to build strong careers and to exercise the choice not to have children.” More empty words of wisdom from D’Vara Cohn.
Huh? The verse that Jenn cites is where Jesus is predicting the destruction of Jerusalem, a time associated with all kinds of bad stuff. A time when, as explained by the Bible dictionary, “sterility, which had otherwise been considered an opprobrium, was accounted a circumstance most felicitous.” Basically, Jesus is saying that there will come a time when things are going to be so bad for the Jews that they will wish they didn’t have kids. But, per Jenn, the media is saying that circumstances are now so good for women that they don’t have to have kids if they don’t want to. So, if Jenn thinks she finally understands what Jesus meant on the way to the Cross — and he meant that women shouldn’t have careers — she is seriously fooling herself.
Unfortunately, the current numbers on ‘childlessness’ account for those who bought into the myth that contraception and abortion would liberate them for an awesome career in a ‘man’s world’. It’s time to ask them if giving up motherhood was well worth the fulfillment they were promised. It is in their honest and tearful responses that we will find the answer to our question: “Women,…..where are your children?.”
In the silence of their hearts, women are indeed weeping.
Yeah, I can hear it from here.
Anyway, let’s give a big hand to Jenn Giroux, who is clearly still a Wingnut to Watch, if you want to watch wingnuts. Go below the fold if you want a brief trip down memory lane with Jenn, and a peek at her current resume.