Here is a graphic I just made. Here’s how it works. This is similar to the “Breeder Bingo” you might have already seen online, the difference is that I don’t really want to use the word “breeder” due to some people perceiving this word as condescending. Anyway, here you have some of the usual phrases childfree people hear over and over again from those who insist upon mandatory parenthood. As they say the dumb things to you, you cover the blocks on your card until you have Bingo!
Have you already collected them all? I have. Notice that all of these standard phrases are either factually wrong or absolutely terrible reasons to have children. For example, it is wrong for parents to try to turn their children into miniature copies of themselves. It is also wrong to imagine that on this planet we need more children of some specific race or ethnicity.
Also, notice the contradictions. How can it even be possible that simultaneously not wanting children is selfish while wanting children, because they make you happier, is not selfish?
By the way, it is fascinating how often people have told me nonsense about all women wanting children while totally ignoring the fact that I am not a woman.
Anyway, if you are childfree, then you can now have a bit of fun playing bingo. If you are a parent—I respect your choice and I have no intention of arguing against your decision. What other people do with their lives and bodies is their choice and none of my business. The point of this image is to highlight the fact that some parents, especially those who are more conservative and religious, seem utterly incapable of respecting my choices and feel the urge to tell me nonsense, imagining that they know me better than I do.
By the way, while trying to get myself sterilized, which took me two years, I got kicked out of numerous doctors’ offices and scored countless hits on this “Mandatory Parenthood Bingo.” It’s incredible that a person who has known me for ten seconds imagines that they know what is best for me better than I do.
In case you spot a typo in the picture, let me know, and I will fix it.
Images of screaming babies and the stork are from stock websites. Of course, I can draw myself, but I didn’t feel like drawing babies, and it was simpler for me to use some stock images. Except for those stock images, the rest is my own work. This image is created in vector graphics, in CorelDRAW.