It's been interesting to observe the backlash against octuplets mom Nadya Suleman. While the story is quietening down, we have a piece on the website today that puts the octomom outrage into a bit of context.
It makes the point that the vicious tenor of the reaction to Suleman is linked to the tough economic times and, in particular, her cavalier use of medical resources and seeming lack of plan for providing for the children. It also says that her emulation of celeb Angelina Jolie - and perhaps orchestrated publicity grab related to Brangelina - really rubbed people the wrong way.
But I'd like to throw one other thought into the mix, before I leave this subject behind for a while.
No matter what we think of the octomom's choice to implant all those embryos, and the intention with which she embarked on having more mouths than she could possibly feed, I think we also need to ask ourselves this:
How many dads out there have fathered 14 children?
And few among these would be the rare dads who live in single-family dwellings of their own with the mother of all these children and pay for the roof over all of their little heads. No, these are the guys who have fathered many children with several different women and may not even have a good handle on how many children could (technically) call them "Dad."
Whether it's in birth control-challenged developing nation, or cities and town like our own, I don't think these dads - deadbeat or otherwise - are getting called out the way the octomom is for their choice to spawn so many children.
Yes, Nadya Suleman went with intention to a fertility clinic and had six embryos (two of which later split) implanted when she already had six kids at home. But I'd hazard a guess that the dads who've fathered a dozen or so kids were pretty much aware that the transactions they completed could result in kids, too. What do you think?