Listen. I am sick to death of hearing the media drag Nadya Suleman (AKA Octo-Mom) through the mud. They are attacking her because she had octuplets and had six children at home. Oh and - gasp! - she isn't married. God forbid you have a large family without being married.
This morning on the Today Show they showed an interview with Dr. Phil and Ms. Suleman. Dr. Phil is ripping her a new ass because she's "addicted to pregnancy." Why? Because she's been pregnant seven times? Lots of people have seven pregnancies. Shit, Michele frickin' Duggar is on number thirty-seven or something. (Okay, it's eighteen. EIGHTEEN!) And no one is accusing her of being "addicted to pregnancy." Why? Because she and her husband are part of the stomach-turning Religious Right. The press accuses Nadya Suleman of looking for attention? Are you serious? The Duggars have their own television show. So do the Gosselins who, if I'm counting right, had seven pregnancies. I bet Kate Gosselin is addicted to pregnancy too, right?
We had sextuplets born in our area about five years ago. The parents could obviously afford to have in vitro fertilization done, right? I mean, that's not cheap, right? So when the babies were born extremely premature and in far worse condition than Ms. Suleman's babies, did we jump all over her? No. The press had a field day with it, and people donated diapers, formula, a mini-van. Every year on these babies' birthdays (they were born within a few days of each other) the local news goes nuts, charting their progress. A few of them have cerebral palsy, three are blind from their extreme prematurity. All are developmentally delayed. The family has since added another child. (She must be addicted to pregnancy.)
The point I am making is this. If Nadya Suleman fit society's idea of a nuclear family - that is, if she had blonde hair and blue eyes, and was married, and attended a Christian Reformed (or Baptist) church - the press would love her. They would be offering her television gigs. Her kids would have college scholarships and passes to the next Mars landing. They'd have a humongous house donated to them.
Please remember that Nadya Suleman didn't seek this attention. The hospital announced the babies' births, keeping the mother anonymous. Then it was Ms. Suleman's parents who leaked her name to the press. In all of her interviews she has been a quiet, unassuming woman. She has a website asking for donations, but did you know she doesn't even own a computer?
Leave Nadya Suleman alone. Her life has absolutely nothing to do with you. You think you're going to be footing the bill for her babies? Really? Did you get a tax refund last year? Then you aren't supporting anyone's babies. What is the difference between Nadya Suleman's babies getting the livesaving treatment they need and oh, say, yourself? How about your elderly grandparents getting Medicare? Should we shut them down too? What about the single mother struggling to support her children? Should we quit helping her too?
Get over yourselves people. You make me sick.
My Mom Body (aaay_macaroni)
3 days ago