Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I love that Mark Morford of SFgate (SF Chronicle's online magazine) can say all the things I want to print...and get paid for it. Here he weighs in on a recent natural disaster...the couple in Arkansas who had their 16th child and are clapping their hands giddily for the time they can do it again.

"Perhaps the point is this: Why does this sort of bizarre hyperbreeding only seem to afflict antiseptic megareligious families from the Midwest? In other words -- assuming Michelle and Jim Bob and their massive brood of cookie-cutter Christian kidbots will all be, as the charming photo suggests, never allowed near a decent pair of designer jeans or a tolerable haircut from a recent decade, and assuming that they will all be tragically encoded with the values of the homophobic asexual Christian right -- where are the forces that shall help neutralize their effect on the culture? Where is the counterbalance, to offset the damage?

"Where is, in other words, the funky tattooed intellectual poetess who, along with her genius anarchist husband, is popping out 16 funky progressive intellectually curious fashion-forward pagan offspring to answer the Duggar's squad of ├╝ber-white future Wal-Mart shoppers? Where is the liberal, spiritualized, pro-sex flip side? Verily I say unto thee, it ain't lookin' good..."

"Ah, but this is America, yes? People should be allowed to do whatever the hell they want with their families if they can afford it and if it's within the law and so long as they aren't gay or deviant or happily flouting Good Christian Values, right? Shouldn't they? Hell, gay couples still can't openly adopt a baby in most states (they either lie, or one adopts and the other must apply as "co-parent"), but Michelle Duggar can pop out 16 kids and no one says, oh my freaking God, stop it, stop it now, you thoughtless, selfish, baby-drunk people.
No, no one says that. That would be mean."

Read the Entire Article HERE


At 2:42 PM, Blogger Wyatt Bessing said...

Hey Jordan,

Looks like we both fixated on the same thing today - I swear I wrote mine before I read yours!


At 8:24 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm doing my best for the liberal cause, but it's harder than it looks. Must be something in the water in the Midwest.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger J said...

If you thought Moford's column was funny, you should go to the Duggar family website.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Samus said...

Think I'll stick to my one and just hope he joins the rebel forces, with Anne Lamott's kid, and the two of them make more noise than fifty conservative Bible thumping kids.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

Yes, with one, your odds of raising a normal, decent human being are like, almost 100%. Imagine after 16...think of all the statistics that say 1 in 10 Americans will...get a freak virus, die of auto-erotic asphyxiation, need the Duggar family alone they should have like every phenomenon know to humankind.

At 6:21 AM, Blogger Mary Akers said...

Thank you for this, Jordan! But, gah, how creepy.


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