Saturday, June 11, 2011

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

There is no such thing as freedom of speech anymore. Freedom of speech was abolished when the first person who was offended by someone else's opinion stood up and whined, "That's not funny! You can't say that! That's _________phobia! (fill in your personal favorite of any number of minority groups)".
I may not like what you say, or even how you say it, but when did we forsake the duty to protect each other's right to say it anyway??! I'm not even going to go into the number of persons/groups/entities which are "permissible" to offend. Just don't touch someone's personal sacred cow, or HOLY MOLEY! Watch the cannonballs fly!! Twice this week, a celebrity (newsflash: they are also allowed to have personal opinions, even if you don't like their opinions) came under fire for what he said. Here's a bit of earthshattering news: Adults don't have to agree with each other, they can say what they like. If you feel you need to "correct their thinking", fire ahead, but don't be surprised if they choose to maintain their original standpoint. What you have NO RIGHT to do, is tell them that they CANNOT speak their mind!!! That is the essence of Freedom of Speech. Look it up, people.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Women who don't like their children and the women who don't like them

The title may be a bit convoluted, but I'm still steaming. I just watched/listened to the TODAY show interview with the woman who wrote an article for Redbook, about how she "never liked her child". I wanna slap that woman so hard her teeth will rattle. HER expectations were not met?! SHE was disappointed with her child's progress?! What?! But didn't she order the "sparkly Barbie doll" version of a daughter?? Well, damn it, give that woman a refund!!
Did it ever occur to her to have her child examined? Did it ever permeate her self-absorbed consciousness that perhaps the reason the girl did not "achieve" the developmental milestones was because there was a medical problem? Who told her that children are given to us as "trophies" to demonstrate how "worthy" we are? It took this self-involved be-yotch SEVEN years to get around to having her daughter checked out and LO! And BEHOLD! There was a MEDICAL explanation for her difficulties! Of course, by now, her daughter probably ain't too damn crazy about her mother, either! I hope that woman gets an earful of THAT someday.
In the meantime, maybe only adults should have children, instead of limelight seeking, self involved, "its all about ME" women, who think that children are accessories, like a fabulous pair of shoes!
One more thing: go ahead and tell your child you don't like them when they do something you don't like. That way, they can see that "adults" are really just overgrown preschoolers! Insert whine here: "I don't like youuuuuuu".