Disgusting Daily Kos op-ed comparing a fetus to a parasite
The author warns their readers, as though that offers comfort or excuses their disgusting metaphor:
This is a diary, in which, I will explain how I see a fetus as a parasite. I’m also bored and felt like typing
Ever wonder what the Daily Kos writers think and do when they are bored – here you go. For any of you that don’t know the Kos is a far left blogging/news site.
The article concludes with a comment about not getting pregnant AGAIN. The author, Sasharusa, may have to look at their child and explain why she thought of them as a parasite — I hope so. Maybe then she can learn that God gave her an amazing gift and her analogy is disgusting and inappropriate.
This is Giardia lamblia. It is an intestinal parasite that is very common and is a pain in the ass to rid of.
I know, I know, it doesn’t look like a precious little baby. I know. It looks scary, and gross, and looks like it will bite your head off. But we’re not talking about looks. Who knows, maybe aliens think we’re ugly as fuck but this parasite would be labeled Miss Universe in their culture? Who knows! Anyway, I am sorry for plastering this as the very first thing in my diary. Consider this just like those exploited photos of miscarried late term fetuses that Anti- Choicers parade around.
Anyways, back to the whole fetus= parasite thing. That is how I see them. I don’t see them as cute and cuddly. I see them as terrifying and scary. I see pregnancy the same way.
Here are some examples on how pregnancy is a parasitic relationship:
The Z/E/F sucks the nutrients from the mother.
The “relationship” only benefits the fetus.
The mother’s organs and body parts become damaged.
The fetus controls the mother.
The fetus doesn’t give anything “back”.
Some people would argue that this is a form of Mutualism, which is a relationship where both the host and the parasite benefit, but how does this benefit the mother? Where is that “benefit”?
Here are some commonly talked about downsides of pregnancy though:
Vomit all day long, not just in the morning.
You can’t eat your favorite foods because you’ll throw up.
Indigestion and heartburn.
You look and feel like a fat cow(trust me, I know this from experience).
You feel bloated.
You’re carrying around some extra weight.
You have to piss like Seabiscuit every 20 minutes.
Now, onto some that are not mentioned much:
Temporary and permanent injury to back
Severe scarring requiring later surgery (especially after additional pregnancies)
Dropped (prolapsed) uterus (especially after additional pregnancies, and other pelvic floor weaknesses — 11% of women, including cystocele, rectocele, and enterocele)
Pre-eclampsia (edema and hypertension, the most common complication of pregnancy, associated with eclampsia, and affecting 7 – 10% of pregnancies)
Eclampsia (convulsions, coma during pregnancy or labor, high risk of death)
Anemia (which can be life-threatening)
Embolism (blood clots)
Medical disability requiring full bed rest (frequently ordered during part of many pregnancies varying from days to months for health of either mother or baby)
Diastasis recti, also torn abdominal muscles
Mitral valve stenosis (most common cardiac complication)
Serious infection and disease (e.g. increased risk of tuberculosis)
Ectopic pregnancy (risk of death)
Broken bones (ribcage, “tail bone”)
Hemorrhage and numerous other complications of delivery
Refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease
Aggravation of pre-pregnancy diseases and conditions (e.g. epilepsy is present in .5% of pregnant women, and the pregnancy alters drug metabolism and treatment prospects all the while it increases the number and frequency of seizures)
Severe post-partum depression and psychosis
Research now indicates a possible link between ovarian cancer and female fertility treatments, including “egg harvesting” from infertile women and donors
research also now indicates correlations between lower breast cancer survival rates and proximity in time to onset of cancer of last pregnancy
Research also indicates a correlation between having six or more pregnancies and a risk of coronary and cardiovascular disease
The effects of pregnancy.
Aren’t all those absolutely LOVELY!? But hey, the fetus does “benefit” the mother! By making her feel like she’s dying! Yes! That’s the spirit!
I have no issue with people wanting babies, but in my opinion, I can’t do it again.