What I'm doing is giving voice to an alternate POV that is often overlooked because yes, society is heavily geared towards parenthood and parent culture and those of us who aren't following the mainstream culture ARE often dismissed as non-essential personnel. Look at how mommy-centric those two speeches were by Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Romney. OK, they were speaking to the majority of America, the majority of America who is in the family way, but there are plenty of us who don't subscribe to the majority lifestyle and hey, we vote too. So what you may perceive as me being dismissive of mothers is actually me simply putting forth a POV that's just a squeaky bit different than the majority POV. People can have kids all day long, I really don't care what they do if that's what they choose to do (as long as they don't hold me responsible in any way for their choice), but when someone like Mrs. Romney comes along and stands up there on that bully pulpit podium and tells me that I don't know what true worrying is because I'm not a MOTHER, and how only MOTHERS know what it really means to worry then yeah, I get annoyed. That's rather arrogant thinking if you ask me and I wonder, how many mothers listened to that and shook their head in agreement. Sure, you can say it's just the words of one politician's wife and who cares what she says except....it ain't. Maybe people on this thread don't feel that way which wouldn't surprise me because it's FSU and we're a sort of rarefied universe and if that's the case then they have no reason to get defensive, but believe me that attitude is out there. If you can't relate, you can't relate. I read an article after Nora Ephron died in which the writer said that Nora would have been a better writer if only she were a mother. Written, of course, by a mother. So only MOTHERS have the ability to write touching prose??? Lady, give me an effing break!!! If you want to see the piece I'll hunt it down. Now, am I speaking from personal experience? Of course! Maybe some people don't like that approach to my thinking and they only consider POVs that are sprung from hard data and statistics and that's fine with me, go ahead roll your eyes and tell me I'm full of crap and I don't know what I'm talking about. If I had a buck for everytime told me I'm full of crap and I don't know what I'm talking about then I'd be able to throw a party and invite everyone in this thread. I'm interested in the human condition, not pie charts so if you're a pie chart kind of person then I'm probably not the POV for you. However, I hear from a lot of people about how they're happy to hear that they're not the only one who sees things the same way so seems to me like maybe there are some people who can relate to what I'm saying and I'm not completely talking out of my ass here. Not this time, anyway.