I should not be reading mainstream media during the last week of the semester (my only excuse: the silly-season makes a nice break from what actually matters in this world) but too late now. I just read something truly, mind-bendingly stupid in the Wall Street Journal's review of The Conflict (a book about how attachment parenting destroys women):
It is also worth highlighting France's grown-up attitude to sex. Co-sleeping and militant breast-feeding are aggressively antisexual; the mother is a mammal, nothing more. "A mother cannot be consumed by her baby to the point of destroying her desires as a woman," Ms. Badinter writes. "The devotees of extreme mothering have nothing to say on this score." Where French doctors ask, "Is Monsieur happy?" to check whether new mothers are exercising their pelvic floor muscles, American child-rearing specialists recommend that the baby establish dominion over the marital bed. Aficionados of progressive motherhood seem to view recreational sex within a marriage as essentially frivolous—a childish thing to be put away when the baby is born. This attitude is, rightly, met with incomprehension and slight disgust in France.
So, this will read as a rational rebuttal, but please know that my head just exploded.
(1) Asking a post-partum woman if monsieur is happy is not actually feminist.
(2) Something like two American child-rearing specialists recommend co-sleeping. Everyone else, including your child's actual pediatrician, urges parents not to do it.
So how many American parents are deliberately practicing co-sleeping? With their infants, and not their wakeful preschoolers at 3am? I don't know, but it's less than 13 percent.
Alert the feminists. Get those formula factories churning. We have a serious problem to solve.
[April has turned into the month when everything stupid pisses me off.]