Irritation of the Day

I’m really mad at an ad I saw on the right sidebar of this Washington Post article about endangered plants stolen from Mexico .

It’s animated. It begins with a pink box which displays the words “The three most romantic words spoken by married couples?” and a photo showing a man whispering into a woman’s ear. After a few seconds, the photo disappears and the text shifts to “GET A SITTER.” Because obviously, all married couples have kids, right? And all people with kids are married, right?

WRONG. Not all married couples have or want kids, and not all people with kids are married. In practice, large segments of our society have decoupled marriage and parenthood, either by choice or necessity, and we will all better off once our cultural mores catch up with that shift and we start seeing the world as it is rather than how it was 50 years ago.

(Note: the ad is for the Washington Post’s special Valentine’s Day Guide and may not be displayed in that location for long. If you don’t see it right away, try hitting reload a couple of times.)

Posted on February 13th, 2003 by Katxena