November 26, 2007
Lileks nails it:
She expresses frustration that other people are unable to accept her decision. I suspect she means Â“my mumÂ” by Â“other people,Â” and I suspect she confuses Â“acceptanceÂ” with Â“full-throated endorsement."
Of course I accept these peopleÂ’s decisions not to have children. What am I supposed to do, break into their homes, duct-tape them together into the double-backed beast and play whacka-chicka 70s porn soundtracks until theyÂ’re in the mood? But Â“acceptanceÂ” is part of the usual recipe: first we must tolerate, which no decent person should have any problem doing. Then we are asked to accept, which for most means slump-shouldered acquiescence. Eventually itÂ’s not the norm, but itÂ’s standing alongside it on stage, nudging its way into the spotlight.
As Mr. Garrison eloquently said, "Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesn't mean you have to approve of it! ... "Tolerate" means you're just putting up with it! You tolerate a crying child sitting next to you on the airplane or, or you tolerate a bad cold. It can still piss you off! Jesus Tapdancing Christ!"
And Lileks has more. Much more. Plus funny reviews of Redacted and Die Hardest.
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