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Why Are Conservatives Obsessed With Making Women Breed?

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is just a high-profile example of the people -- including liberals -- who judge women harshly for refusing to give birth.

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Only ignorance, disdain, and denial allow such an enormous reversal. I am not decadent, nor am I exhausted -- though I do tend toward despair. It is not the present I am privileging. It is the future of this fragile planet we call home. A planet we share with other living beings.

I can hear birds now as I type this -- cranes, flying, their v-shape slicing through the air, beating their wings to travel away from me. Listen. Can you hear them? Can you hear the spider spinning a web at the corner of my window? Can you hear the elephants, the polar bears, the blue whales, the wolves, the lions, tigers, cheetahs, gorillas, salamanders, frogs, coyotes, cougars?

I hear them all.

Enough. Enough. Enough.

 
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