Thursday, November 27, 2014

Professor Christine Overall : "Children are neither human pets nor little therapists"

...Because children are dependent, needy and vulnerable, prospective parents should consider how well they can love and care for the offspring they create, and the kind of relationship they can have with them. The genuinely unselfish life plan may at least sometimes be the choice not to have children, especially in the case of individuals who would otherwise procreate merely to adhere to tradition, to please others, to conform to gender conventions, or to benefit themselves out of the inappropriate expectation that children will fix their problems. Children are neither human pets nor little therapists.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/04/09/the-case-against-kids?currentPage=all

http://www.thewhig.com/2012/04/18/children-not-little-therapists

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/christine_overall_s_why_have_children_reviewed_.html

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Have-Children-Ethical-Bioethics/dp/0262525291

 http://books.google.com/books?id=v0HyJwnGcdgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=isbn:0262300516&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5yp3VP7bLdPwaLPmgvAE&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/why-have-children

 http://post.queensu.ca/~cdo

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