Op Ed: Patriarchy and Oppression
By SARAH TEAGUE
This article is addressed to Kayleigh Rongey in support of her article “Hollywood’s glamorization of parenthood isn’t fooling millennials.”
I can’t stand how the patriarchy has infiltrated the toy industry, but then again, capitalism is the perfect vessel for sexist oppression. I know of no worse combination than that of the western values of exploitation and degradation with the equally western, male-dominated consumer market. If millennials don’t want to have kids, then they shouldn’t be forced to, or even pressured to. Women are not broodmares and nobody can control their bodies today like society has in the past. I know I stand for all the other men who care about feminism when I say that this continued oppression has gone on long enough.
Rongey’s article hits the nail on the head by arguing that we millennials don’t want to have kids because of the state of the world. It is, frankly, terrible. To bring a child, or two and a half or more, into this world with its current state of politics is irresponsible. And what would the benefit be? The toy companies and other white-owned, multi-national corporations will see their profits go up. Who cares! Do they need more Lamborghinis?
These alt-right and other Republicans are constantly pressing issues of family, but what happens to us when we decide to have families? They don’t get any help from social programs that we desperately need. If I’m forced to go off and start a family, who is going to help feed them?
And besides that, Rongey’s article also brings up issues of the environment. This might be the bigger issue, honestly. What example would we be setting if, like the irresponsible generation before us, we also brought forth carbon-emissions in the form of children? According to the National Institute for Climate Awareness, over the course of an average American’s lifetime, we create about twelve hundred and fifty thousand pounds of carbon emissions alone. That doesn’t account for any of the other greenhouse gasses. To have kids isn’t pushing family values, it’s denying science.
But there is hope, I think. Rongey might not have touched upon it, but there are things that we can do to stop the rapid speed at which both the capitalist patriarchy and environmental science deniers are permanently hurting our world. Resist them by throwing out their social dogmas. If you don’t want kids, don’t have kids. If you do want to start a family, maybe reconsider it—don’t help the deniers and so-called “family values” right. What it really is, is white nationalism disguised using happy words.