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Julie Bindell: His remarks suggested that people who don't reproduce are selfish. In my experience it's parents who give up their principles
So we have yet another example of the pathologising of child-free folk. Niall Ferguson, the historian and author, implied that John Maynard Keynes could not have really cared about future generations because he did not have children and was probably gay. Ferguson has apologised unreservedly, so fair enough, but it is interesting that the kerfuffle has mainly been about the apparent homophobia in the remark and not about the childless thing.
There is, among many otherwise intelligent individuals, an assumption that those of us who make a positive choice to not reproduce are selfish, rootless and have no concern about future generations or the planet. But those who have their own children often forget about the world and just worry about their own ever shrinking one.
I have seen the most passionately committed feminist activists go gaga once they give birth. All the promises such as "I'll still come on that march/go to that conference/burn down that sex shop" disappear when they sprog. All those in my circle with offspring seem to become unhealthily obsessed with their own little world. Principles go out of the window ("I still hate the private education system/healthcare but I am not putting my politics before my children"), and socialising becomes impossible. I even heard one of them utter that hideous phrase the other day – "We decided to go 'as a family'". As opposed to what? A circus act?
It is puzzling to me that child-free people are accused of being adults incapable of growing up and dealing with grownup problems. Have you seen the way some parents carry on, speaking to each other in baby voices and actually enjoying dragging themselves around the London Aquarium?
Yesterday I watched the film The Kids Are All Right again and wondered why I had a pang of longing (that lasted the same amount of time as filling my wine glass) for children of my own. And then it dawned on me that it was because one was leaving home for university and the other was so cute and trouble-free it would be like just having a stuffed toy to cuddle on occasion.
I have always been clear about children – some are fabulous once they grow into adults. This is where I am usually reminded that I was once a child, which of course is true, but I didn't like myself either until I could vote. I am proud to join the other child-free women, such as Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Helen Mirren, Stevie Nicks, Florence Nightingale, Georgia O'Keeffe and Dorothy Parker, all of whom have achieved rather a lot between them.
Having your own child is a selfish choice, as the world is overpopulated and there are millions of unwanted kids in institutions and on the streets. However, I have no problem with people wanting to reproduce, so long as they don't expect me to congratulate and thank them for saving the planet. My legacy – what I leave behind – will not be my DNA but my contribution to the emancipation of girls and women. So when people say to me, which they do with monotonous regularity, that they decided to have children in order that they could look after me and other child-free folk in our old age, I politely tell them I do not actually need them to do that for me. I would rather they helped change the world than add to it.
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Very interesting article and very interesting point of view of the author. The author of this article is a woman who decided to be a child-free person, as many famous and other women in the world, because of many reasons. She claims, that people who have children, overcrowd our planet, start to behave ridiculously (speak to each other to baby voices, enjoy dragging themselves in different child entertainment places) and often forget about the world worrying about their own offsprings. She complains that even the most passionately committed feminist activists go gaga once they give birth while male child-free activists are accused of being gay.
Well, she is right and at the same time she is wrong. We all are looking for a sense of this life and are trying to find it in different things.
Anyway there are a lot of interesting words in this article. For example, I found some synonymous of the word "child" - offspring and sprog. Or "go gaga" means to become foolish. Very nice article.

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perfect

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Hello Sarkatraz.   I have no doubts about your intentions being “perfect” and that you are a nice person trying to encourage this learner.   Congratulations!

However, I hold a different point of view to you own.   Alloka is a delightfully keen student.   She is not, in my opinion, here to be praised for her excellent work.   Her real interest is in what she might have done incorrectly; not so much in what she has done well.   She seeks corrections with the same enthusiasm with which she seeks fresh air.   Much of her advancement in English is a consequence of the work of her wonderful team of correctors.   My point is that if they all told her she was perfect she would not now be at her level of advancement.

With great respect and admiration for you, here are some thoughts…

 

Is it perfect to omit the indefinite article from Very interesting article?

Is it perfect to omit the indefinite article from very interesting point of view?

Is it perfect to omit the verb from as many famous and other women in the world (are)?

Is because of many reasons the perfect phrase here?

Is placing commas around that people who have children a perfect action?

Is speak to each other to baby voices grammatically perfect?

Is “in” the perfect word for in different child entertainment places?

Is offsprings the perfect plural of “offspring”?

Does the world worrying about their own offsprings actually refer to the mothers or the world?

Or "go gaga".   Is it perfect to have “or” as the first word of a sentence?

Is Very nice article a perfect sentence?

 

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Hello Sarkatraz. Although I have already found the answers to all John's questions, nevertheless it would be interesting to know your opinion.
Amn't I perfect? Prove it!

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I guess I should, before anybody else does, add at least one more "perfect" question.

Do you think Very interesting article and very interesting point of view of the author is a perfect sentence?   There is no verb included!

 

 

 

Pobody’s nerfect

 

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Congratulations ladygirl! your vocabulary is amazing. Your english is perfect i havent seen any important mistake. You miss are so smart, expressing yourself so naturaly while learning three more languages

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Thank you for compliments, Awdqse! You are very kind. I'll try not to go gaga.))

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Hello awdqse.   You will notice I have made about ten alterations to your correction.

 

At the risk of becoming bad friends with you, I wonder about the wisdom of your advising this student about your inability to have “seen any important mistakes” in her wonderful exercise.   There would be no doubt about your sincerity, however, I question whether praise or corrections is what this lady yearns for.   In my experience, she delights in having her imperfections pointed out to her, particularly when the criticism is constructive.   For her, compliments usually fall from her like water from a duck's back…it is not the reason why she is here.

 

Let us put your “important mistake” verdict to the test.   Let’s start with the very first sentence.

Very interesting article and very interesting point of view of the author

In the English language, a sentence needs a subject and a verb.   Obviously this “sentence” has neither and it immediately gets red-carded.   We could simply include “It is a” (or something similar) before it as a correction.

Let’s finish with the very last sentence.

Very nice article.

Obviously this “sentence” has neither a verb nor a subject either.   Once again, “It is a” (or something similar) would rescue it.

Best wishes.   John.

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Hey! I like compliments!))
Thank you again, dear John.

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This is a very interesting article and very interesting point of view of the author. The author of this article is a woman who has decided to be a child-free person, as many famous and other women in the world have been, because of many reasons. She claims, that people who have children, overcrowd our planet, start to behave ridiculously (speak to each other to baby voices, enjoy dragging themselves in to different child entertainment places) and often forget about the world by worrying about their own offsprings. She complains that even the most passionately committed feminist activists go gaga once they give birth while male child-free activists are accused of being gay.
Well, she is right and at the same time she is wrong. We all are looking for a sense of this life and are trying to find it in different things.
Anyway, there are a lot of interesting words in this article. For example, I found some synonymous of the word "child" - offspring and sprog. Or "go gaga" means to become foolish. It was a very nice article.

Very well done! 

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Thank you very much for your help, Spencer!