This is the kind of comment that makes non-parents hate parents and all women hate Heffernan. This arrogance. You can’t know about community unless you’ve had children? Please. In my opinion you can’t know a hell of a lot about raising children until you’ve raised children. I certainly didn’t, in retrospect. But you can know a lot about community, and sacrifice, and hardship, and there are many ways to participate in community without having children. Besides how many politicians know that much about nappy buckets. I hasten a guess that when you’re working 70 hours a week outside the home you’re a workaholic who is thought of highly at work, and the workplace just wouldn’t function without you, but you know next to nothing about nappy buckets.
And this election campaign? Not all that much has changed in this regard, except that the woman Senator Bill Heffernan was referring to as ‘deliberately barren’ is now the country’s first female Prime Minister and is trying to win the position in her own right. The continual reference to ‘working families’ in election campaigns grates on my nerves terribly, I can only imagine how much it must infuriate those who aren’t being identified as the elixir of elections.
At the very least, people with kids need people without kids not to hate us. We really don’t need to burn through their goodwill like this.