It’s Not Fecundophobia, It’s Familyphobia

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Mollie Hemingway’s interesting article at The Federalist gets it almost right. There is a fear of fertility, but it’s contextual.

There are bad kinds of fertility and good kinds of fertility. Nobody denounces the welfare single mother who’s getting her fifth kid by a different father. No one except hateful conservatives.

It’s traditional large families that are the enemy.

Hemingway’s own piece lays out the contrast.

“It’s only weird for an NFL player to have seven kids with his one wife.

“Take former Charger and current New York Jet Antonio Cromartie. He’s fathered at least 12 children with eight different women. In fact, when the Jets picked the cornerback up from the Chargers, they provided him with a $500,000 advance so he could make outstanding child support payments. (You can watch him struggle to name some of his children here.)

“Or what about Travis Henry, a former running back who last played for the Denver Broncos? He’s fathered at least eleven children to ten different women. But yes. Philip Rivers is the weirdo.”

But of course there’s nothing wrong with that.

The new liberal model is it takes a village to raise a child. And by village, we mean the whole village of bureaucrats, social workers, teachers and assorted other taxpayer-funded government employees.

If Rivers adopted a dozen children with another man, he would be a hero. If he were raising six children alone after his wife left him. He would be a hero. He’s weird because he has a large two-parent family.

It’s not really fecundophobia. It’s familyphobia.

There are two reasons for it and they’re both obvious.

1. The left is at war with traditional values because it seeks to replace the family as an independent social unit. It wants absolute control of the individual by the state. So wipe out the tribalism of the family and replace it with the glorious technocracy of government.

2. Demographics. The left has few children. It’s quite aware of the Idiocracy paradigm. It’s afraid of being “outbred”. It compensates by controlling education and pop culture, reproducing through influence rather than genetics, the DNA of ideas, and importing large numbers of dependent groups who will vote reliably for them along with their many children (also not weird or a problem). But it still seeks to lower the birth rate for those it considers its enemies.

The media has become a big influence on people’s lives. Researchers have linked birth rates to the number of children depicted as the norm on entertainment programs like soap operas and sitcoms. There are actually signs of this taking effect in Latin America.

That means the media has to stamp out any potential role models with large two-parent traditional families. It may seem strange, but people name their children after celebrities and they also have children because of celebrities.

Famous people with large two parent families are therefore a threat because they potentially influence birth rates and family styles within the population.

  • Seek

    “The Left has no kids” is a familiar meme. But it is true? If we’re going to deal with public figures, we should rethink this one. Matt Damon and Bruce Springsteen, both Lefties, each have four kids. George Soros has five. Meanwhile Rightists Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Buchanan have a combined total of zero.

    Yes, I know. I’m cherry-picking facts. But these anecdotes at least should cause us to pause for a minute.

    • Richard_Romano

      Do you know any leftist pro-lifers? I don’t. In the end, it’s a generalization that generally applies, as it were. That doesn’t mean that some leftists are not pro-life or have many kids; it just means that more often than not, pro-choice, anti-children views are espoused by those on the left.

    • Nabuquduriuzhur

      I’m about as conservative as it gets and I have no kids, despite having written 7 books and a considerable number of Op-Eds. Having been damaged by I-131 and other isotopes from Hanford’s outgassings, I can’t imagine having kids.

  • Aizeta

    The left only cares about family when it comes to family reunification of immigrants that not a decent conservative could oppose, masterfully played again

    • Softly Bob

      Well, they think that it’s masterfully played, but like all Leftist plans it’s deeply flawed and will backfire on them.
      One set of immigrants won’t play ball. The Left think that they can tame all the Third-Worlders and make them accept homosexuality, lesbianism and Marxism, but the Muslims will have none of it. Just wait and see; the Left will have their fingers very, very badly burnt.

      • Carlos_Perera

        That is certainly true of Moslems; I agree with you that their Leftist would-be masters in Europe are deluding themselves if they think they can be molded into obedient adherents of cultural Marxism.

        But here in the U. S., the “new people” being “elected”–my apologies to Bertolt Brecht–are Hispanics, whose Catholic and/or Evangelical-Protestant Christianity proves to be quite malleable when practiced outside the confines of the church building . . . much like that of black Americans, who are models of piety, in church, on Sundays and Wednesdays, but whose adherence to Christian moral theology is, largely theoretical.

        Regarding Hispanics, in many cases their adherence to Christian moral teachings is not even theoretical, as recent polling data show. The socially conservative Mexican-Americans depicted in movies like _Lilies of the Field_ and John Steinbeck’s Monterey County stories are quickly disappearing into the mists of history.

        • A Z

          Obviously, Leftists are deluding themselves or are ignorant.

          One of the reasons the Mujaheddin fought the Soviets in Afghanistan was because they were Godless communists. The Left did not get the memo or does not believe the memo.

          • Nabuquduriuzhur

            It’s ironic that the mudjahedin/taliban fought such godless communists, seeing as the Moon god Allah/Sin/Shin/etc has the same basic characteristics as the Bible’s satan.

      • A Z

        The Dutch are trying to get Muslims to accept/tolerate homosexuality. For the last year or two they make prospective immigrants watch a film. It gives them a heads up that Holland has LGBT citizens.

        They started this training about 2 years ago to combat problems the LGBT community faced by immigrant Muslims.

        If the rate of violence against homosexuals goes up and stays up for another 3 years, then we can say that the Left’s attempt was a failure.

        Bruce Bawer, who is homosexual, left Holland due to the violence against homosexuals. I would assume he knows how to protect his own skin. He calculated the odds and moved. MR Bawer is a gifted writer. He can write on many different subjects. He writes about discrimination because he must. That ought to tell people something. A write as good as he is could make more writing novels.

        • Nabuquduriuzhur

          Having lived among such groups, I wonder what Mr. Bawer thinks of a place like America, where the homosexuals prey upon others, then claim to be harassed and “hated”. I suggest looking at the violent crime rate of those enclaves as violence amongst themselves and violence against others are their primary characteristics.

          • A Z

            Maybe Bawer wanted to stay with a better class or did not want to leave his home. If you are in Europe you are never far away from England. It is hard to know.

  • Nabuquduriuzhur

    It got ignored for a lot of years, but the “herd mentality” isn’t just celebrities and sports stars. It was “normal” from at least 1985 to 2000 to have about 80% of high school and college age women sleeping with about 10% to 11% of the men. It’s not unusual for one of those men to have 10, 20, or even more kids by different women.

    Despite the stereotype, even deer and elk have a more varied gene pool than that, with frequent matings by non-”dominant” males. Only in GenX did women act in such a fashion to almost create a true herd.

    And you have to wonder what the resulting genetic bottleneck is going to do.

    We already know what it did in terms of STDs. In 2000, most GenX men had never had one, and the average woman had 5. Stats for clamydia from the 1990s on were about 3:1 women:men. Which is particularly troubling because most women have no symptoms and thus don’t know to go in to get tested. Most men have symptoms and even a gigolo is going to go in to the doc when that area hurts. The actual ratio is unknown, but because of those factors it must be higher than 3:1.

    • Seek

      This is a variation on the Pareto Principle: Twenty percent of the causes account for 80 percent of the effects.

      Females from the beginning of our species have gravitated toward the alpha male. This is why marriage is a very realistic institution. It discourages polygamy, whereby a few powerful men collect sexually-charged nymphets like trophies, leaving other guys unfulfilled. It gives every male, even nerds, a fair shot at a satisfying sex life.

  • kanenas101

    Sounds like the NFL might save some money by paying out a stipend in condoms or other forms of birth control lol.

  • Johnnnyboy

    I worked with a group of social scientists for a couple of months before I noticed that among them there were almost no children. The left cares about the demographics of a population but not the particulars of child rearing. To a remarkable extent it is seldom addressed in theory and all but ignored most if the time. It is one of the great failings of the social sciences, and part of the reason their doctrines are so inadequate.