If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Omaha World Herald)   Today, the Omaha World Herald decides to play "Let's make everyone feel guilty about not having children"   (omaha.com) divider line 197
    More: Fail, World-Herald, Let's, Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center  
•       •       •

9927 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Aug 2013 at 6:53 PM (33 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



197 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-08-25 05:48:13 PM
I have dogs. Does that count for anything?
 
2013-08-25 05:54:46 PM
More anti gay propaganda from Christian 'pro family' groups.

They want to you procreate and have many children, then they turn around and push for stricter immigration laws that rip families apart.
 
2013-08-25 06:08:29 PM
How 'bout we try getting global population to a sustainable level? There are about 4 billion surplus people on this planet. I'm not saying I'm not one of them.
 
2013-08-25 06:37:10 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: There are about 4 billion surplus people on this planet.


Evil eugenics Guidestone-worshipping bullshiat.
 
2013-08-25 06:53:09 PM
FTFA:"I just thought, 'Nahhhhhhh,'" says Kacie, now 33."

Fail
 
2013-08-25 06:56:02 PM
dont have kids

will never have kids.

very glad.

fark you for having kids.
 
2013-08-25 06:57:11 PM
Thanks Omaha
 
IP
2013-08-25 06:57:38 PM

SilentStrider: I have dogs. Does that count for anything?


I'm 52, with a wife and a cat. No guilt here!
 
2013-08-25 06:59:02 PM
Where's the guilt in this article?  Seems to me the author supports the idea that people should make this decision for themselves and shouldn't feel guilty about it.
 
2013-08-25 06:59:25 PM
The author is a 'ginger' and you know what that means.
 
2013-08-25 06:59:57 PM

universebetween: dont have kids

will never have kids.

very glad.

fark you for having kids.


I'm sure you say that to your parents every time you see them...

//no wait, you are right. Fark them for having kids!
 
2013-08-25 07:00:45 PM
Ideal number is 2 or 3 kids for a couple in a developed country. Replace yourself and your spouse and maybe have one more for good measure/replace the kids who die before procreating (drown, sick, poisoned, etc).
Breeding like rabbits, while fun, is what's done in the third world because 2/3 of those kids will die before procreating.
 
2013-08-25 07:02:55 PM
there is no shortage of unemployed/underemployed white trash morans cranking out ankle biters. the sooner we start spaying and neutering the masses the better.
 
2013-08-25 07:03:34 PM

SilentStrider: I have dogs. Does that count for anything?


Dogs count for everything.
 
2013-08-25 07:03:37 PM
Yeah, I would not be a good mother. I know it. The instincts are there, sort of, but they're not enough. Sometimes I do feel guilty about not providing my parents with grandkids, but then I remember that they seem pretty accepting of that.

So... No kids? No big deal. It's not like humanity is on the verge of extinction, or anything.
 
2013-08-25 07:04:32 PM

KeithLM: Where's the guilt in this article?  Seems to me the author supports the idea that people should make this decision for themselves and shouldn't feel guilty about it.


Yeah, the headline reflects more on subby than reality.  Seems like a even-handed article.
 
2013-08-25 07:05:11 PM

red5ish: The author is a 'ginger' and you know what that means.


light pink nipples not nice brown ones
 
2013-08-25 07:05:29 PM
They can't make me feel guilty for something I've never wanted.  It's like trying to make me feel guilty for not eating beets.  Not possible.
 
2013-08-25 07:05:37 PM
"That Buford's a sly one; he already knows his A-B-C's."

sphotos-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net

"Say that reminds me, how'd you get that kid so darn fast? Me and Dot went in to adopt on account a' somethin' went wrong with my semen, and they said we had to wait five years for a healthy white baby."
 
2013-08-25 07:06:29 PM
How did the article try to make people feel guilty?

/ No kids
// But I read RTFA
/// Reading TFA is a guiltin' on Fark
 
2013-08-25 07:07:26 PM
Who cares about Omaha?
 
2013-08-25 07:09:04 PM
There's too many people in the world already, I'll not be contributing.
 
2013-08-25 07:10:25 PM
I'd like a kid,but I'm running out of time and don't really feel like running out and making one with the first willing man I find.
 
2013-08-25 07:10:48 PM

KeithLM: Where's the guilt in this article?  Seems to me the author supports the idea that people should make this decision for themselves and shouldn't feel guilty about it.


This.   Not exactly a deep piece, but surprisingly well-written, and balanced.

Why all the hate, subby?  or are you just chasing that Green dragon?
 
2013-08-25 07:11:12 PM
Ah, there's nothing so enjoyable as people who had kids and people whose chose not to have kids both telling everyone how this makes them special and better than the other side.
 
2013-08-25 07:11:38 PM
I'm 41 with two dogs and an SO.

I can see this argument from both sides. I do feel somewhat guilty for not having kids (but plan to adopt later btw) because somebody has to do the work of raising the next generation. To be callous, the next group of working taxpayers that will fund our future elderly asses (unless you're super successful and rich and don't need that). It seems like a pretty reasonable duty to society.

OTOH, it's a lot harder now to pull everything off. I REALLY wanted kids in my 30s and put a lot of effort into relationships. It doesn't always work out. If I had it to do all over again, I would work on kids/marriage first and career later.

But on the other, other hand...I do also have to admit that being a DINK (double income no kids) is fun too. Maybe the secret is to just be happy with what situation you land in and don't keep second guessing your decisions :)
 
2013-08-25 07:12:37 PM

KeithLM: Where's the guilt in this article?  Seems to me the author supports the idea that people should make this decision for themselves and shouldn't feel guilty about it.


Subtard was just using Fark's hatred of kids for an easy green. Fark subtard in the ass with a broken, rusty pitchfork.
 
2013-08-25 07:13:00 PM
If the birth rate declines, so will the rate of new insufferable pricks who make value judgments about others' parenting choices.  Matthew Hansen is concerned about this trend.
 
2013-08-25 07:13:42 PM
I'd like to have twins, but not children, if you catch my drift and I think you do.
 
2013-08-25 07:14:48 PM
I can't have kids because I'm transgender, but I wonder whether I would if I could.  I definitely have a motherly personality.
 
pla
2013-08-25 07:15:54 PM
Feel bad?  Why the hell would this make me feel bad?  If anything, it justifies my decision to remain free of any parasites that incubate for 18+ years.

I can spend my money how I want, spend my free time how I want, sleep in on weekends, collect things without someone (like me as a child - A real terror!) breaking/burning/burying them... I occasionally need to sand and repaint the bannister that the cats (only two, not a "crazy cat person") have decided to use as a scratching post, but no big deal, and at least they show little interest (unlike me has a child) in my power tools.

And Omaha World Herald just pointed out that a steadily increasing number of others in our massively overpopulated world have made the same decision.  Why should I feel bad again?

/ W00t!  DINKs FTW, baby!
 
2013-08-25 07:17:09 PM
This is par for the course for the Momaha World Herald.  They care primarily about moms and hipsters these days.  The Husker season will show up next week and take back the paper for real Nebraskans.
 
2013-08-25 07:18:26 PM

YoOjo: Thanks Omaha


GET OUT OF MY BRAIN!
 
2013-08-25 07:19:28 PM

Witness99: I'm 41 with two dogs and an SO.

I can see this argument from both sides. I do feel somewhat guilty for not having kids (but plan to adopt later btw) because somebody has to do the work of raising the next generation. To be callous, the next group of working taxpayers that will fund our future elderly asses (unless you're super successful and rich and don't need that). It seems like a pretty reasonable duty to society.

OTOH, it's a lot harder now to pull everything off. I REALLY wanted kids in my 30s and put a lot of effort into relationships. It doesn't always work out. If I had it to do all over again, I would work on kids/marriage first and career later.

But on the other, other hand...I do also have to admit that being a DINK (double income no kids) is fun too. Maybe the secret is to just be happy with what situation you land in and don't keep second guessing your decisions :)


I agree don't second guess your choices. So far my bf and I have chosen to remain child-free and there is no chance we'll change our minds.
Not gonna feel bad about it.
 
2013-08-25 07:19:55 PM
I am turning 40 this year. I haven't just decided not to birth any babies, I got myself "fixed".

Never.gonna.happen.

I don't feel guilty, I don't feel proud, I am just grateful I live in a time and place that affords me the choice. Not everyone has that.
 
2013-08-25 07:23:42 PM
Didn't make it through the article. Don't really care what some columnist in Omaha thinks.

I can understand people in my own generation (and younger) not wanting to have kids. We're all pretty self-centered (can't think of a way to say that that doesn't sound negative, but there you have it). Our childhoods have extended way beyond what previous generations were able to get away with. Video games are the norm for people in their 20s and 30s (I'm in my 40s, and I've spent a solid part of this weekend playing Ingress and Baldur's Gate).

So, why would we want to have to put up with mewling, crying, attention-needing kids? I never wanted a kid, even through my mid 30s. Too much hassle. Too much responsibility. Not enough me time. Not enough time/energy for good sex. Who needs that?

But then I was talking to a neighbor who is in her 60s. Her mother died recently, and she has no husband or children. She looks miserable most of the time I see her. She says that there is nobody left in the world who cares if she lives or dies. She said she never expected that feeling. But now that she has no living family, she feels like a stranger on the planet.

I look at my parents. They are just breaking 70. Their brothers and sisters are dropping like flies. All they have left is me and my sister to care about them, visit them and give them any emotional support.

So, while I understand my friends and peers who think having kids is crazy, I don't know how many of them have really, honestly thought about the end of their lives (who spends time dwelling that anyway?) and considered what this world will feel like when everyone they love is dead, and they have no family left on the face of the earth.

But then, but the time we're that old, Diablo 12 is going to keep your mind off of all that crap, I'm betting.
 
2013-08-25 07:23:48 PM

Witness99: I do feel somewhat guilty for not having kids


Why? We have more than enough people here already.
 
2013-08-25 07:25:24 PM

Peekoo: They can't make me feel guilty for something I've never wanted.  It's like trying to make me feel guilty for not eating beets.  Not possible.


....but beets are so healthy.
 
2013-08-25 07:25:31 PM
If parents universally made the no-kids choice, all wars and all human-caused global warming would cease by 2113.  This is a good thing, no?
 
2013-08-25 07:30:34 PM
I've seen what kids can do... I've certainly seen what I can do, and that's caused enough frustration in the world.
 
2013-08-25 07:32:55 PM
This could be a fun thread, filled with rational and well thought out responses.
I'm making popcorn, along with some hummus, tahini, and pita bread, bring some cold beer if you want to share.
 
2013-08-25 07:33:32 PM

Ambivalence: I am turning 40 this year. I haven't just decided not to birth any babies, I got myself "fixed".

Never.gonna.happen.

I don't feel guilty, I don't feel proud, I am just grateful I live in a time and place that affords me the choice. Not everyone has that.


Enjoy your Darwin Award.
 
2013-08-25 07:34:29 PM
ihatebumperstickers.com
 
mjg
2013-08-25 07:36:07 PM
Sex is not for procreation.

/there. said it.
 
2013-08-25 07:37:05 PM

lostcat: Didn't make it through the article. Don't really care what some columnist in Omaha thinks.

I can understand people in my own generation (and younger) not wanting to have kids. We're all pretty self-centered (can't think of a way to say that that doesn't sound negative, but there you have it). Our childhoods have extended way beyond what previous generations were able to get away with. Video games are the norm for people in their 20s and 30s (I'm in my 40s, and I've spent a solid part of this weekend playing Ingress and Baldur's Gate).

So, why would we want to have to put up with mewling, crying, attention-needing kids? I never wanted a kid, even through my mid 30s. Too much hassle. Too much responsibility. Not enough me time. Not enough time/energy for good sex. Who needs that?

But then I was talking to a neighbor who is in her 60s. Her mother died recently, and she has no husband or children. She looks miserable most of the time I see her. She says that there is nobody left in the world who cares if she lives or dies. She said she never expected that feeling. But now that she has no living family, she feels like a stranger on the planet.

I look at my parents. They are just breaking 70. Their brothers and sisters are dropping like flies. All they have left is me and my sister to care about them, visit them and give them any emotional support.

So, while I understand my friends and peers who think having kids is crazy, I don't know how many of them have really, honestly thought about the end of their lives (who spends time dwelling that anyway?) and considered what this world will feel like when everyone they love is dead, and they have no family left on the face of the earth.

But then, but the time we're that old, Diablo 12 is going to keep your mind off of all that crap, I'm betting.


I have thought about that a lot - what you said about your 60 yo neighbor with no family and feeling like a "stranger" on the planet.

However, we live in a time where it's more possible than ever to exist in a community that transcends immediate family. We're also members of hiking, tennis, partying and spiritual discussion groups we found online. Even if our romantic relationship ends, and even if I never do adopt and get to have the wonderful experience of children, my email inbox is still flooded with social activities! (That I have little time for, because I work too much). But you get my point. And there's always the Raelians LOL
 
2013-08-25 07:37:24 PM
When i'm old ill be surrounded by grandkids and family.

Love is reason enough.
 
2013-08-25 07:38:00 PM

red5ish: The author is a 'ginger' and you know what that means.


Ginger pubes!
 
2013-08-25 07:38:40 PM

Big Merl: the Momaha World Herald. They care primarily about moms and hipsters these days.


Those aren't hipsters. The mullets in Omaha are not ironic.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-08-25 07:40:42 PM

octopied: I'd like a kid,but I'm running out of time and don't really feel like running out and making one with the first willing man I find.


OK , tell him no thanks and give me a call.

/ Second
 
2013-08-25 07:41:20 PM

Rip Dashrock: This could be a fun thread, filled with rational and well thought out responses.
I'm making popcorn, along with some hummus, tahini, and pita bread, bring some cold beer if you want to share.


I hope you didn't buy your pitas from the Seattle gyro-mart a thread up.
 
Displayed 50 of 197 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report