Not to get snippy or anything

Robert Stacy McCain (may his tribe increase, one generation forward) is, as always, appalled, but at least he’s consistently appalled:

Nearly 1 in 5 American women of childbearing age has undergone surgical sterilization. This ought to be genuinely shocking, the subject of sociological study. What does this incredible statistic say about a society so vehemently hostile to human procreation that it spends many millions of dollars each year to permanently extirpate the reproductive capacity of its women?

Yet the very fact that this practice is so widespread prevents anyone from daring to comment critically about it, for fear of seeming to be “intolerant” or “judgmental” toward the victims of this surgical war against human fertility.

It was thirty years ago today — okay, give or take a week or two — that I went under this particular knife. Better I than she, right? And besides, we’d generated our replacements: we had two children, who are now busy having children of their own. (Sixth grandchild is due in the spring.)

As for women to whom I am not married, which is, for the moment, all of them, I am loath (and unqualified) to provide surgical advice, even if you’re 83 and simply want greater rack projection.



  1. fillyjonk »

    18 August 2011 · 7:07 am

    As I see it, the problem is not with people not HAVING children, it’s the fact that so many people are not bothering to RAISE the children that they do.

    Hand to God, if I become a hermit it will be because one too many feral kids in the wal-mart ran into me, spilled their food on me, pushed in front of me, or some other form of ill-mannered behavior that my normally-opposed-to-physical-punishment parents would have backhanded me into the middle of next week for.

    It may be a certain proportion of the females of the species are seeing these little hellions and going, Oh my, no, I don’t want one of those, even if it takes surgery to ensure it.

  2. Dan B »

    18 August 2011 · 9:04 am

    Eight billion people on a planet that can’t feed two-thirds of them, and this joker is worried about people NOT wanting to have more babies?

    If the study found that “nearly 1 in 5 American women of childbearing age has undergone surgical sterilization BEFORE having a child” then I could see the cause for alarm. Otherwise STFU and be happy that you aren’t paying extra in taxes for Food Stamps SNAP and welfare TANF for all those neverborns.

  3. Tatyana »

    18 August 2011 · 3:16 pm

    I am loath (and unqualified) to provide surgical advice
    Don’t worry, Mr. R.S. McCain will do so for you – and for many more people who are content with minding their own business (as they should)

    Every time I read or hear some man pontificating on the subject of women’ reproductive functions I want to ask him to take upon himself the responsibility to pay for raising that kid up instead of all that hot air. Oh, no? He think it’s not his business but the parents? Then leave it to prospective parent to decide in the first place.

  4. Tatyana »

    18 August 2011 · 3:22 pm

    FJ, I hear you. I just returned home after an exhausting trip (to/from job interview), being subjected to a godawful audio assault by a gang of 10yolds on a subway train; I think they were part of some Harlem sports’ summer camp on a trip to Brooklyn (WHY?! WHY?! what, we don’t have our own?) screaming to the top of their lungs, kicking each other, laughing, signing along with their ipods, throwing candy bars across, and one of them actually had a scateboard he was trying to ride in the moving train. Their counselors didn’t react, as if this bedlam was completely normal.

    Ouch, I have a headache now.

  5. Jan »

    18 August 2011 · 8:49 pm

    Until you know what percentage of women had already had children before they were sterilized, you don’t know anything at all. My mother had two kids before having her tubes tied, so I don’t see what the heck he’s so wound up about.

RSS feed for comments on this post