Monday, February 16, 2009

Octuplets

I feel like since the birth of the Suleman octuplets not a day goes by without seeing them in the news. Though the successful delivery of the children is recognized, what news media seems to be infatuated with is the mother’s story. A single mother attempting to raise 14 children on her own seems to be quite a challenge, to say the least.

I believe that Nadya Suleman doesn’t agree or at least is trying to believe that the issue is solely the fact that she is single. She says that her “unconventional way of life”, meaning her decision to be single, is what has put her under the microscope. There are so many single mothers in this country and the fact that she doesn’t have a husband is not what I see as the biggest issue. The problem is that she is being irresponsible by bringing children into this world that she can’t fully provide for. She doesn’t have a job, is still trying to finish school, and has received her last disability check. All that makes for quite the story. Even Ann Curry struggles to find the words when asked about Suleman’s financial situation. There is no nice way of saying that she has no plan of how to provide for her family.

Another thing that seems to be catching people’s attention is her incredible resemblance to actress Angelina Jolie. Though she has well passed Jolie in family size “Octomom” seems to be mimicking the actress’s lifestyle and appearance. Suleman says all she ever wanted was a big family but I think her actions are some kind of cry of attention. 

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