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Amazin’ innit?

Everything I thought before the birth of my son now feels naive and misinformed
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

The entire world has changed simply because one bird has popped a sprog. Never happened before, entirely new this.

BTW, her actual change in opinions has been between nowt and none. Those who announce such changes of heart tend to mean that they’ve gone from SPD to Labour centrist, tankie to Stalinist, NF to BNP – and entire and whole refutation of everything they believed before, right?

13 thoughts on “Amazin’ innit?”

  1. To be fair to the subject of the quoted piece, having a child does change ones life and outlook. For example I got considerably more conservative and much more suspicious and hostile about the screaming wokists that infest our education system and public sector after our son’s birth than prior to it. Maybe this attitudinal shift was down to the fact that I now had a stake in the education system and I perceived that the ‘150 different genders’ clowns were a direct threat to me and mine rather than being an abstract threat that affected other people.

    As a slightly funny aside, being Jewish we read quite a few Jewish parenting sites and publications and one of them, which was aimed at Haredi Jews who have massive families of ten or twelve or more, posed the question ‘Does you life change after your tenth child?’. My, at that point knackered, wife after reading it when our son was a newborn said in reply ‘not as much change as after having your first one’.

  2. The Meissen Bison

    This is annoying for all the poor lugs who have been avidly absorbing her columns hitherto.

  3. But at least this – if the Tim has captured the heart of the piece – is a column with which we can agree most heartily…

  4. Perhaps life experiences accruing through a longer life have some value after all? Perhaps the enthusiasms of youth need to be tempered by experience?

  5. “Everything I thought (and revealed to you in my columns as the absolute truth and no dissenting voice will be tolerated as I cannot be wrong and or, told anything) before the birth of my son now feels naive and misinformed
    Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.

    I didn’t read it myself, but did she apologise?

  6. “having a child does change ones life and outlook”

    I became much more averse to certain risks. For example, not being able to work because I’d been cast out of society for being perceived to hold some unforgivable opinion would affect more people than just me.

  7. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    Everything I thought before the birth of my son now feels naive and misinformed

    Well, how do you think you got a column in The Guardian in the first place?

  8. And if by means of a real damascene change she starts writing sense, how long will her Guardian gig endure?

  9. The fun ones are those who double down on their beliefs.

    “I used to hate men. But now that I have a son, I realize it’s our toxic patriarchal society that places unfair pressures on our boys and turns them into transphobic pieces of shit.”

    “I found out I’m having a boy. I’ll need to buy some dresses and Barbies to make sure he doesn’t become a rape apologist misogynist.”

    Or the ever popular…

    “I’ve failed society. This demon growing inside of me could become the next Donald Trump, or the next Nigel Farage, or the next Simon Cowell. I’m seriously considering an abortion to save the human race.”

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