The View From 1776
Sunday, June 20, 2010
A central tenet in liberal-progressive-socialism is re-directing allegiance from the family as the primary social unit and elevation of the political state as the sole source of individual well-being. Ultimately fathers’ role in this social paradigm is relegated to anonymously furnishing sperm to donor banks.
Many liberal-progressives will strongly object that they do not share this view. But they cannot deny the history of their secular religion and the teachings of those who animated it, as well as the actions of the New Left baby-boomer, student-anarchist generation, who now are in positions of authority, ranging from government and education to media.
An article in the Wall Street Journal (available only to subscribers, unfortunately) drives this point home.
In “The Switch,” coming later this summer, Jennifer Aniston plays an attractive 40-year-old professional who has given up on finding Mr. Right for marriage and decides instead to move straight on to motherhood with a donor father. The movie offers a largely celebratory treatment of donor insemination, as do two other movies out this year, “The Back-up Plan” and next month’s “The Kids Are All Right.” Indeed, one of the bottom-line conclusions these movies are pushing is that the children turn out “all right” with donor dads.
Hollywood is not the only industry peddling the story line that flesh-and-blood fathers are an optional accessory in today’s families. Plenty of academics