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Not very funny…really 

Posted by: Barbara Collura at December 4, 2013 
Category: Infertility Advocacy 

I like satire as well as the next person… who doesn’t love a good political cartoon or have a favorite Saturday Night Live skit?  Sometimes though, the satirist picks a focus that turns out to not be funny, and you are left with that feeling of… “Oh, that was mean, they shouldn’t have done that.” That was how I felt this week reading The Onion, the satirical newspaper that fools many of us with the look and feel of a “real” newspaper. The story of the “Infertile Aunt” was so not-funny. And as the negative characterization of the infertile aunt continued, the article became more and more offensive. I almost wonder if the writer is infertile (and angry?) or knows someone who is infertile and is annoyed by their reaction to the disease. 

Look, we all need humor in our life. We get that humor is sometimes at the expense of others. But can we leave people alone who have a disease? Including the disease of infertility that robs a person of a basic life function, to reproduce? Can we not pick on women and men who want to be parents with satire about hanging out at the kids table at Thanksgiving? Heck, most of us didn’t even spend Thanksgiving with family as it is too painful for us, let alone hang out at the kids table. Insensitive doesn’t even begin to describe this article.

Let’s all find something to laugh at, but not at the infertile, please. With an estimated 1 in 8 couples impacted by this disease, the odds are someone on your staff or someone you know was not laughing this Thanksgiving. The holidays are especially tough for our crowd – this is really not the time to pick on us!

Barbara Collura is the President/CEO for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. She can be reached at bcollura@resolve.org or 703.556.7172.

 

 

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