There are people who want to keep our sex instinct inflamed in order to make money out of us. Because, of course, a man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales resistance.
Poster after poster, film after film, novel after novel, associate the idea of sexual indulgence with the ideas of health, normality, youth, frankness, and good humor. Now this association is a lie. Like all powerful lies, it is based on a truth… The truth that sex, in itself (apart from the excesses and obsessions that have grown round it) is “normal” and “healthy,” and all the rest of it. The lie consists in the suggestion that any sexual act to which you are tempted at the moment is also healthy and normal.
You can get a large audience together for a strip-tease act. Now suppose you came to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered plate on to the stage and then slowly lifting the cover so as to let every one see, just before the lights went out, that it contained a mutton chop or a bit of bacon, would you not think that in that country something had gone wrong with the appetite for food?
There is nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying your food: there would be everything to be ashamed of if half the world made food the main interest of their lives and spent their time looking at pictures of food and dribbling and smacking their lips.
Dale Hodgins wrote:There is a huge amount of money in the death business and lots in the sex business. Not so much with birth . There may be expenses but most people don't get squeezed really hard when a child is born .
2. Giving birth in the U.S. is exceedingly expensive.
The United States is the most expensive place in the world to give birth. In the Guardian’s analysis, it costs around $32,000 to give birth vaginally in the U.S. if you don’t have insurance. If you require a C-section, those costs increase to around $51,000.
Think about that: Without insurance, it’s the financial equivalent of an extremely nice car or multiple years of tuition at a state university merely to have a baby. And that’s if everything goes well. If there are complications — either for the child or the mother — those costs can quickly escalate to six figures or more.
Mick Fisch wrote:
The health costs SEEM TO BE very high in the US. Just to pay the devils advocate, firstly, how much is a healthy child and wife worth? You could have the baby at home for free and chance it. Maybe a 5% chance of loosing a wife or kid. Seems like a bad gamble to me. Never bet more than your willing to lose. Secondly, Is it everyone elses job to pay for my wife having a baby? I recognize some community responsibility, but it seems to me the responsibility is greatest closer to home.
First I will say that I agree with Meg, then I will suggest I was not at all surprised to see that Meg identifies herself as living in Canada where traditionally this attitude was both encouraged and prized. Unfortunately, statistically, our native population has one of the worst: "In 2015, the MMR (Maternal Mortality Ratio) had returned to seven, although the maternal health crisis has not abated, as there is evidence that death rates for Indigenous women are disproportionately high." (National Post)
Do we not owe our neighbors and fellow citizens anything at all?