Yes, I really do wake up at ungodly hours of the morning and write new blog posts like this. And then I’m surprised when, if anyone reads them, they offer no reaction.
It’s too bad. This post is one of my foundational ones, indicating how I view our social world, based on my learning. It’s entitled, “No excuses: Power, responsibility, and accountability.”
And I slept soundly after writing it.
I got my vasectomy when I was 24. That’d have probably been 1983, maybe early 1984. Ronald Reagan was president, which was scary then much in a similar way, though I don’t think quite as much so, to the way Donald Trump was later. But no, unlike some of today’s men, it wasn’t because I was afraid that Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
I usually only need a couple reasons for making a decision. In this case, I had several.
I worried about nuclear holocaust. I worried about environmental devastation. Even then, I realized I was having trouble even taking care of myself and I worried I wouldn’t be able to afford to raise a child. I worried I would replicate my own upbringing and I felt that no child should endure what I endured. And the fear I’d gotten a woman pregnant took the steam out of one of the very few romances I’ve had in my life.
Most, if not all, of those reasons remain applicable. But today, I’d add the likelihood of violence, either to overturn a dangerously worthless elite or as Trumpists impose Donald Trump on the rest of us.
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, “Men across America are getting vasectomies ‘as an act of love.’” Washington Post, December 26, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/26/men-across-america-are-getting-vasectomies-an-act-love/
- Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, “Men across America are getting vasectomies ‘as an act of love.’” Washington Post, December 26, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/26/men-across-america-are-getting-vasectomies-an-act-love/↩
- David Benfell, “No excuses: Power, responsibility, and accountability,” Not Housebroken, December 27, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/12/27/no-excuses-power-responsibility-and-accountability/↩