It’s been a long while since I posted (junior year has been quite a busy time), but earlier today I was reading an article written by an intellectual who is visiting my university next week. I like this article for its well-thought out critique and history of identity politics and how it proposes to bridge the ideological gap on immigration between both political sides so that it addresses the concerns of both parties. I also like how it talks about how we can create national identity in an age where diversity of many kinds is unavoidable. I do disagree with the writer’s assertion that the American right has drifted further to the right than the American left has drifted left, the writer’s thoughts on why the right opposes Obamacare, but there are quite a few ideas in his writing that I like (mostly to do with his identity politics critique and moderateness compared to how the right and the left are portrayed) and align with my own ideas that I couldn’t not share this.
I agree with Ben Shapiro: boys and girls are different…it’s clear in our DNA. However, as I’ve learned through my faith, the differences usually present in men and women are meant to be complementary…and thus, men and women are equal because together, they bring together all the traits of humanity.
As a Catholic who is well aware of the big Catholic family stereotype, the fact that someone would think like this guy does is offensive. Having a lot of children isn’t necessarily irresponsible. I’ve known many large families (many of my Catholic friends have three or more children…including one of my friends who if one of thirteen) who all had children who turned out pretty fine. If you want that many children and are able to take care of them, who am I to stop you? I have no right if you’re making sure every child is loved and cared for as they deserve to be. Besides, whatever happened to the leftist mantra of “reproductive choice”…if a woman wants to have lots of children, isn’t it her choice? If people want to deal with “irresponsible breeding”, wouldn’t be better to first deal with the problems of teenage pregnancy and other out of wedlock births? It is often children in those situations who don’t end up in good situations where they’re parents can’t really take care of them.