Sorry. This is going to be a bit of a whinge.
On another forum I go to, not a weight-loss one, a couple of guys were talking about women who choose not to have children V women who want children.
I have absolutely NO issues with women who choose not have children and I want to make that very clear. It is wonderful that we live in a society where this is not just foisted on women and expected of women regardless of their feelings or desires.
What has angered me to the point where I actually feel I would maybe slap this guy if he were in front of me, is this line he came out with, to the effect of 'women who dont want kids are usually so much more fun than those wannabe-baby-factories'
This reminded me of the time I was asked by someone online in a chat how many children I have. When I replied (I have three), the response was 'woof'.
I have responded to this guy's post and told him I found it incredibly insulting. No apology has been given and I know he's been back online.
This kind of thing really gets to me. It is yet another judgement from parts of society about our value as women, as people, as nurturers. It is essentially a de-valuing.
What is most upsetting about this is that this particular forum is supposedly one which values 'real people' in an effort to form an online church community.
And as yet, not one other person has challenged him on it.