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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Golddiggie, Feb 12, 2018.
You mean like Marilyn Chambers, from Ivory Snow Baby to Porn Star.
I can't help but notice the focus on disabilities and overcoming them. Nothing wrong with that, but I don't want to be bombarded with it. Kind of makes me feel like I'm the only non-disabled, regular job working, tax paying family man in the world. How do I know what products to buy? I'm alienated.
Downs syndrome babies only eat mice. . . wait, no, that's not it.
Downs syndrome babies never eat. . . . . nope.
Oh yeah. I remember - BECAUSE GERBER CAN GAIN ALL SORTS OF FREE PRESS FROM THIS!!!!!!
OK, that was funny. Coincidentally, my wife is headed there today to stock up on $5.99 ribeye steaks.
Autism and certainly Aspergers. I have to wonder if some of the Aspergery things are because parents don't give two flying F's about their kids behavior. They aren't well trained up. Some people are just difficult and others are blurters. My daughter had issues from an early age. Lots of hard work by Dad and her counselor and she's an amazing young woman. Light years further on than I was at her age. Shocking!
But if you just label the problem, you aren't responsible anymore. My wife has been a bit in this camp for her own issues in the past. Not just behavioral. Physical as well. "Oh, I've got X so I can't Y." That's bullspit talking.
And Marilyn Chambers was the mom, not the baby.
I searched for a beautiful pic of a mom... that one caught my eye.
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I can't believe the cost of baby food, period. My wife and I tried our best to not use any of the jar food unless we had to. Her because she wanted to ensure that our babies ate healthy, nutritious food and me because I'm cheap.
What we did was, we'd cook a couple different types of vegetables (sweet potato, peas, beans, squash, etc) and blend it into mush (seperate colors, not all mixed). We'd then load a ziploc bag with the mush, and squirt it into ice cube trays and freeze it. Then when it was mealtime, we'd pop out two or three mush cubes, heat and feed. We could get a week's worth of baby food out of 2 sweet potatos, a small squash and some peas. Plus it was kind of fun.
This is what we did with my son and will be doing with my daughter once she's old enough. Make a big nutritious meal on the weekend then like you said, food processor then into cube trays to freeze. Always would end up with a solid supply of different foods to pop out for meal time.
"naked virtue signaling for marketing purposes"
Nailed it and also just described much of American culture now right down to the individual level.
Can we get back to Marilyn Chambers and porn?
I knew that was the argument. In no way do I see that as the case here. You can say it's an attempt to raise awareness of children with disabilities. You can say it's a clever marketing ploy to win sympathy and boost sales, and I can even agree with the possible exploitation. But I don't see anyone ramming Marxism, acceptedness, or political correctness down anyone else's throat here. Instead of taking everything as a personal attack on your freedom (even when it's not), how about you think about how good it will make 400,000 families in the US feel and that will see this as something inspiring?
In any case, it's a decision by a private company to put whatever they want on their packaging. Don't like it? Don't buy it. I happen to think the baby is pretty cute, but you can feel free to shield your eyes when walking down the baby aisle from this monstrosity that has affected you to your core.
Yeah, the PC left would advocate that this kid should be pre-screened out of existence (as is happening in some countries in Europe). I don't see this as PC virtue signaling either.
This is one of those issues where there are two legitimate ways to view it separated by a wide gulf imo.
I understand your POV and see the inclusivity of a Down Syndrome Gerber Baby. Women in particular love that sh!t and I imagine the images tested well with focus groups.
On the other hand I see this naked virtue signaling as part of a continuum which ends with 2+2=5.
You start with "Downs babies are cute" and you end with "all people are exactly the same so the only reason for unequal outcomes is institutional racism." It goes downhill from there to gimme all your stuff.
Thanks. I had fun writing it.
I can understand what you're saying, and I think a lot of the time I would agree with you about slippery slopes. However, as with everything in life, there is a line that everyone draws in the sand regarding what they're willing to accept. For me, this particular subject comes nowhere near it.
Wow, and all these years I thought she was the baby!
Marilyn Chambers Ivory Box
That cute kid made me smile. Sure it's a shrewd well thought out marketing strategy ,but I think nothing but good can come of it. Win for Gerber they get tons of free publicity and a win for me to see a picture of that happy baby.
Dude its a f***ing ad for baby food, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar... even in our f***ed up society. I've seen a lot of questionable media virtue signaling all that BS... (like those TV shows that make men look retarded/incompetent all the time, etc) but this hardly qualifies.
ETA: I agree it might be pandering to some demographics, but I don't see it as part of some huge overall conspiracy.
So in addition to watching luggage carousels go around (and paying attention to the direction) at the local airports, how many hours of baby food commercials do you watch a week?
If you're seeing baby food commercials it might be a sign... that its time to turn off the noise
Don’t overlook the fact that the OP is a self proclaimed ass**le.
It used to be that a child who refused to do what (s)he was told was a disobedient or bad kid. Now, it's a good kid afflicted with oppositional defiant disorder.
I'll admit I have a bias in the way I see things. I'm probably a bit Aspie as I want to systematize and explain everything. I will also argue positions I don't have a strong commitment to, like this one, which does not really have much overall significance as you say. This marketing approach would not make me more likely to buy Gerber baby food but then I never bought it when my kids were infants anyway.
im with you on this....
Wow, look at me quoting the Huffpo, who would have thunk it. If you read this and have a problem with a down syndrome baby on the food I have to question your moral compass, and I'm pretty f***ed up.
48 Parents Of Kids With Down Syndrome Share What They Wish You Knew | HuffPost
Really. My thinking exactly.....who the F cares? Its a baby food jar.
If you don't like the company or their products don't fricking buy it.......
Wow....having a kid is a tragedy.....sure, maybe not what the parents expected. Doesn't mean that kid won't bring total joy to their life.
As far as normalizing the abnormal....I agree with that somewhat, where government does it all the time with transgender, etc.
However, this kids life is going to be anything but normal....letting the kid shine in the spotlight for a while to me doesn't hurt anyone. It was a company decision and they pay the freight, not taxpayers, if it hurts their business, they won't do it again.
The Challenger division of Little League baseball is for kids with all kinds of difficulties but has many with Downs. You will never see a happier kid than a kid with Downs chasing a baseball. You are not human if you dont suddenly find yourself with dust in your eyes.
That seems like a very MAJOR problem - that nobody wants to try and really address.
Lalalala hey look "Children of Men" is actually playing out in real life - let's go back to watching the Kardashians.... lalalalalalala
My parents were emergency foster parents who took in dozens of babies and toddlers when i was growing up. A lot of those children had serious birth defects and we never gave it a second thought, it bothers me that people would have an issue with this child. Did you think for one second that maybe the parents want to show the world that children with Down's Syndrome can be a blessing also? By some of the comments, it seems that we have some adults that are mentally stunted and they should take a good look at themselves and if they have children to look at them and see how they would feel if they were in the shoes of the parents with a child who has a physical or mental disability.
I agree, and I too have no "dog in this fight".
Christ, what the eff is wrong with people on this board?
The kid is cute and looks very happy. You don't know his parents. You don't know their situation. But hey, go ahead and share your preconceived beliefs.
Speaking for myself only this is the glass half full perspective. Also a relatively new and selfish idea that the purpose of having children is to make the parents happy. But when the parents are both dead, what then?
Some folks here just can't grasp a nuanced position. I'm not objecting in any way to the potentially happy lives of Down Syndrome people. I still see it as cynical virtue signaling by a corporation.
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