Ah, just what society needed … the pursuit of yet another status symbol to separate out the “haves” from the “have nots.” I caught this ironic newsbrief in the Salt Lake Tribune (guilty as charged: I’m a newshound who subscribes to lots of newsfeeds). The item reads as follows:
In what may be a first, the hottest East Coast parenting trend is a twist on a Utah tradition: big families.
According to the September issue of Details magazine, fathers are demonstrating their power and wealth by having multiple children. “Not only does it show that you have the fertility chops to produce a big family and the fiscal chops to support it, but it also says you’re nurturing. It’s an upper-class trifecta,” says the article.
Like those suffering with infertility need another reason to feel like second class citizens denied admission to the parenting club — now we get to feel unhip, too. Oh, and tell me this guy doesn’t have inadequacy, insecurity and a bunch of other issues:
“I can’t be in a house that only has three kids,” Ari says. “The silence scares me. Three kids is so weak. It doesn’t feel like you have any.”
Where’s the justice in these loony tunes filling up spare bedrooms simply because they can, not because they’re interested in being responsible parents?
Excuse me while I barf.
P.S. Yes, I’m exhibiting classic PMS crankiness today…