WOTD: Fecundiphobia

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 23 04:55:37 UTC 2013

  Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear Of Children And Fertile Women
America's embrace of low fertility rates is becoming a problem.
> In the Washington Post last year, Lisa Miller sneered that Republican
> candidates who had more than a couple children were showcasing their
> "smug fecundity" in their family photos. Miller said that those women
> who aren't in a constant battle to keep their wombs empty are putting
> "their natural fertility first -- before their brains, before their
> ability to earn a living, before their independence -- because that's
> what God wants."

The word seems to original in this passage, half-way through the blog
post. The actual word only appears in the title until well into the piece:

> A comedian on Twitter recently mocked a family with a large number of
> kids. The replies to the tweet were even more disturbing, including
> references to "mindless bodies" and how the "Mom looks surprisingly
> good, for a puppy mill." One commenter said the family made the case
> "for oral/anal sex rather than vaginal."
> This is what fecundophobia looks like.

The post is a protracted whine in defense of large families (or, at
least, people with many children).


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