Have you noticed that the blog posts with the really strong, often controversial, my-way-or-the-highway points of views can hog the spotlight?
There’s been a couple in the last six months which drew my ire. Why do I respond so strongly to the stirring of the pot sometimes?
Here’s two examples:
The title alone: I just can’t with this writer. But of course, I read it anyway. The post basically takes to task every single parent of all time. NO ONE is perfect. Has anyone in the world ever NOT raised their voice in some circumstance? EVER? I have to use time-outs or SOME kind of consequences (like not giving a child something he or she wants) or it would be anarchy here. I am kind, I am loving, I don’t name-call, I don’t spank. Yet, this post makes me feel judged.
And that’s probably the point.
It got over a hundred comments and was shared 221 times on Facebook.
Here’s a more gently written epistle, but still a one-size-fits-all solution: your baby won’t cry if you breastfeed all the time.
What about babies with colic? What about mothers who have no supply? My twins rarely cried as babies. THAT’S BECAUSE I WAS JUST LUCKY!!
I saw this “advice” because attachment parenting guru The Feminist Breeder responded to it, incredulous.
Are these posts so widely discussed because we like to get outraged sometimes? Do we need to get worked up about something, anything, beyond our own world?
On the other hand, there are the posts written about something I don’t agree with but they are intelligently discussed and presented. Those posts make me think, they expand my boundaries.
For example: I am pro gay marriage. I didn’t understand why many are not. But this was a revealing essay about the conflicts one religious woman feels. I don’t agree with her, but I respect the way she presented her point of view.
So WHAT SAY YOU: Why do we pay attention to The Polemics?