I was a little disappointed to read that, All My Babies' Mamas, with that guy named Shifty Law or Shitty Low (or whatever the Hell his nom de hip-hop is) had been cancelled. While it's apparently okay to broadcast a show depicting his fundamentalist Mormon counterparts out in the hinterland (in not just one show, but two, with a bonus fictional depiction) Oxygen discovered to its surprise that their show was just too much of an on-the-nose portrayal of the stereotypical urban "playa" for our politically correct betters. You can make a crazy Christianist out in Utah look like an irresponsible cad for his serial sperm donations but you daren't do the same to a rapper, with his "game" turned up to eleven, in a sophisticated urban center like Atlanta.
You might be tempted to think that there are two sets of standards, based in no small way on race, at play here. (You might be tempted, but DON'T DO IT!)
I'd like to join Steven Crowder and encourage Shawty Lo to be a man and take responsibility for his actions, but why bother? As Crowder points out, "The problem is that this kind of behavior is becoming increasingly indicative of men in the 21st century." Being raised insufferably middle class in a previous era, I never imagined that I would know a man who would have three children by three different women while being less than a third of a father to each, but I do. I very quickly learned that offering up any level of criticism, constructive or otherwise, would not change this man's behavior and help him to become a responsible father. I would be surprised if anything at all would cause him to change his behavior, and why should he? He gets the emotional fulfillment he wants from having children and pseudo-"wives"/girlfriends/whatever with the all-important bonus of not being obligated, by law or social convention, to stick around whenever things get just a little too heavy for him.
As time passes I find his situation to be less and less abnormal. While the never-fully-formed family seems to have become de rigueur, no matter how many times the Left tries to soften reality with Orwellian terms like "alternative family", it doesn't change the fact that the fatherless home is associated with serious problems for children (including the increased chance of becoming a fatty — which I'm sure sends Daniel Callahan into a fit of statist rage). But don't expect them to do much about it beyond creating more federal programs which enable fatherlessness, because they have bigger fish to fry.
When the new hotness in feminism is embodied by Sandra Fluke and Lena Dunham, a pro-abortion position is treated as the sine qua non for women voters, and Roe v. Wade is an object of light amusement, it's clear that solving the problem of fatherlessness is far down on the list of priorities. Feminists, you can spare us your outrage, disgust, and tut-tut-tutting over Shawty Lo's outrageously irresponsible behavior because we don't believe you. We don't believe you because we know that if anyone is responsible for creating the environment which fostered the baby daddy phenomenon, it's you. Demanding that men honor the sanctity of your Precious Flower while simultaneously demanding that we respect your right to give it away whenever the mood strikes you made men like Shawty Lo who they are today — swooping in for the sexual gratification and then bugging out as quickly as possible.
My disappointment over the cancellation of, All My Babies' Mamas, is that America will not see the fruits of the decades of work wrought by feminism and "social justice" played out in an entertaining format which viewers enjoy. It would be Must See TV for those who think that Obama's inaction on entitlement reform and demands that the government subsidize individuals' sex lives is just fine.
Read this from Sarah Hoyt. DO IT NOW! DO IT!
I want a world where you can be what you want to be, regardless of what’s between your legs and some desiccated woman’s revenge-agenda.