A pro-abortion feminist in Canada recently attacked reality show stars Chip and Joanna Gaines by claiming they are “irresponsible” for having a large family.
The hosts of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” announced that they are expecting their fifth child earlier this month with an ultrasound video of the baby’s heartbeat. Their online post received both congratulations and criticism.
This week, Canadian writer Kristen Pyszczyk added to the criticism by saying the Gaines family should be “shamed” for having so many children.
Writing for the CBC, Pyszczyk blamed the family for causing climate change and adding to the world’s so-called overpopulation problem.
“Procreation is becoming a global public health concern, rather than a personal decision,” she wrote, buying into the overpopulation myth. “So when people do irresponsible things like having five children, we absolutely need to be calling them out.”
She went on to claim that people like the Gaineses are destroying the earth by having children:
While having a child or five is a very personal choice, it’s also a choice that affects everyone who inhabits our planet. So while many people might find the backlash unwarranted, it’s actually a conversation we need to have in order to challenge our uncritical acceptance of the life-fulfillment-through-procreation story.
Population control is a fraught topic, and carries with it associations with eugenics and other nasty historical events. But we still need to talk about it, and people who reacted strongly to the Gaines’ pregnancy announcement know this on some level. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the survival of our species depends on it.
In August of last year, New York Magazine published an article claiming we are living through a mass extinction. The article claimed that the earth will be uninhabitable within 100 years due to various consequences of climate change, food shortages and economic and political instability.
If Pyszczyk had bothered to do a little research on overpopulation, she would have found that similar doom predictions have been made for more than a century, and none have come true.
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Implying that she supports abortion, she continued: “Now, as a feminist, I tend to oppose any cultural conversation that involves telling a woman what to do with her body. But women have long been told that they need to have kids to have a meaningful life, and they are groomed for motherhood from a very early age.”
Interestingly, she seemed aware of the horrific abuses that occur under population control measures. The myth of overpopulation has been used to force women to be sterilized and even to abort their unborn babies in China and other countries.
Rather than force families to stop having children, Pyszczyk urged coercion by shaming.
She wrote: “In the global West, where the environmental footprint of one person is far larger than in developing nations, it’s crucial that we begin to present all people with alternatives to the traditional nuclear family. This inevitably involves calling out people who have kids like they’re going out of style.
“Shame is a powerful tool for changing behaviour: it’s how we introduce new and existing social conventions,” she continued.
It did not seem to occur to her that many women want children, even five or more. The joy that many families experience when they learn they are expecting is not an oppressive social construct. Many women feel fulfilled by having children, partly because it is part of their nature. Pregnancy is an ability that women have that men do not. It is empowering, worth celebrating. Yet, pro-abortion feminists degrade it constantly. The creation of a new, totally unique individual human being absolutely is a reason to celebrate as is women’s ability and desire to nurture and bear children.