Teen Vogue wants the kids back from college for the holidays to propagandize in favor of abortion.
No, really, this is what they’re saying here in “How to Talk About Abortion With Your Family.” They’re not at all thinking about a talk along the lines of “Mom, Dad, I have a little problem here, can we talk about it?” They actually are suggesting that around the tree, over the presents, the talk should be brought around to the subject of abortion. And those who don’t agree with it being brought around to agreeing with it.
“If you’re heading to holiday gatherings where you plan to talk about abortion with those who may not support it, there are a few steps you can take to foster a productive discussion.”
Makes a change from Frosty the Snowman, we guess, but it is unusual behavior.
“Before you go into the conversation, remind yourself that you don’t necessarily need to change people’s minds, just give them something to think about. Entering the conversation with compassion can help that along,” the piece suggests.
To put it simply: The way to make your family love you at this time of year is to treat them as dullards who’ve never had a thought of their own and who must be treated with consideration and compassion in their ignorance.
We’d suggest that might not quite work.
Teen Vogue ranks No. 449 for news and media outlets and gains some 5 million visits a month from that position. What’s rather more important is that they claim to be “educating the influencers of tomorrow” and to our mind, that means actually attempting to educate. Not training up to deliver propaganda speeches over the holiday season to the assembled relatives.
We’d also suggest something else educative on this subject. We’d suggest not trying this sort of speech on female ancestors. These subjects of sex, contraception, abortion, a mother, pretty much by definition if you’re coming back from college, has been dealing with these for a couple of decades. Her mother for a generation longer than that, again by definition. That second generation might well have – of a late child say – started playing the whole game before Roe v Wade even. If we take both sides of female ancestry that might be around over the holidays there could well be a century’s worth of direct and lived experience of these issues. Add in the men – we’ve heard rumor that they are sometimes involved here – and it could be as much as 200 years worth of experience.
Here is someone back from a year or two of the right classes at college and a tear out from Teen Vogue to tell everyone how to do it right. Actually, we’d say go for it at this point. We’re fans of that old folk adage “Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs.” Fans because the reaction when it is attempted can really be one of those significantly educational moments.