I was going to write a post about how much cuter my adult cat is than any human baby I’ve ever seen (and just think what she must have been like as a kitten). But I know what kind of ass-hat assumption that leads to: “This so-called ‘childfree’ bitch is secretly seething with envy because she hasn’t had any babies and feels worthless and unloved*, so she’s stereotypically hoarding cats and trying to convince herself that they’re really just as good as the joys of being a mombie. One of these days her biological clock is gonna catch up with her, and she’ll cry her eyes out over the realization that it’s too late.”
Yep. Well, that’s pretty hard to argue against, since it’s so goddamn dumb, and people love to believe in stupid shit, particularly when there are so many romantic comedies that prop up their delusions. Women all really want to have babies! Motherhood is our natural state! It’s the fulfillment of our existence! If people are really just animals, we’ll only make ourselves miserable if we fail to follow our natural inclinations, right? I’m going to set aside, for the moment, the consideration of whether it’s ethical to bring someone into this world for the sole purpose of making one’s selfish self happy and fulfilled. I’m just going to present ye with a test case: is baby-making actually going to do that for one’s selfish self?
Well, if you want to define happiness as giving in to one’s most basic human instincts, then I present you with the one woman in the world who most perfectly walks the fine line between being able to speak her mind and being in a natural, primitive state, free of the BS and delusion of civilamazation: Koko the Gorilla.
Koko became famous about a quarter-century ago for learning human sign language, and for showing the ability to express not just simple desires and aversions, but hopes, fears, emotions, and a surprisingly complex grasp of stuff and stuff. When Koko learned sign language, your average mombie would have probably been gratified to hear that her fondest requests would run along the lines of “Koko want male gorilla no condom please want small gorilla to chew up nipples and ask depressing questions of why human can leave cage but gorilla no can leave.”
But oddly enough, Koko never asked for such a thing; she may have gotten knocked up later on when they brought in a signing male gorilla, but something tells me it was an unplanned pregnancy on her part, and probably on the male’s as well; like humans, gorillas naturally like sex. But also like us, I don’t think they’re necessarily going at it with a productive end in mind. Nature may trick us into having babies by making sex so appealing, but She (the wretch) relies only on our sense of grim duty to get us to take care of them once they’ve appeared. You see, Koko never expressed any desire for a baby. What did this natural woman really want? What did she demand for her birthday? I think you may have already guessed…
Koko asked for a KITTEN. Case closed.
*For the record, I have had men not only beg, but PLOT to make me the mother of their children, so don’t even let your lil brainz think about me sitting on the pity pot, yeah?