The Missing, Ctd

Says Jamelle Bouie:

A lot of excellent commentary has come out of Ross Douthat's quasi-attempt to justify the use of poor women as baby farms for infertile elites.

But Douthat suggests nothing of the sort. The "baby farm" metaphor implies that poor women are passive in conceiving – little more than soil into which seeds are planted. Rape and abusive coercion aside, however, they are willing participants in sexual intercourse who wind up pregnant. That they are poor and pregnant with a child they don't want shouldn't cause us to speak of them as if they lack all agency.