I know the conversation about being told not having kids is selfish was a few pages back, but I was recently told by an acquaintance that I was selfish for wanting to have biological children. After all, there are plenty of children that need to be adopted, so she claimed the desire for biological children was the height of selfishness! Fortunately, at this point, we were only friends on Facebook, so it's been easy to cut her out of my life.
And if you adopt, you're "stealing children from their mothers."
I stopped a long time ago caring about other people's opinion on my family plans. It's annoying when they feel the need to share their input anyway.
I can attest that...
You are selfish if you don't have children.
You are selfish if you try to have biological children.
You are doubly selfish if you spend money to conceive biological children that you could have given to your sibling who is in need. (Note: Said sibling has a similar income to me AND a trust fund but figured that since I didn't have kids I "wasn't using" most of my income and should fork it over.)
You are selfish if you adopt an infant and not an older "needy" child.
You are selfish if you spend money to adopt internationally because apparently you just want a perfect "dolls of the world" collection and refuse to take an American child who has their own mind and will cause trouble. (Though I think it's telling that people see foreign born children and assume they are soulless and passive.)
You are selfish if you adopt a white infant because that must mean that you passed up all the non-whites who are languishing in orphanages without white parents to adopt them.
You are selfish if your child does not have a visible disability. Once again, you probably turned down tons of maimed children because you are selfish and want a perfect one.
You are selfish if you get an older child with some health conditions and PTSD because apparently they were removed from their mother so they could be "sold" by DSHS.
You are selfish if someone finds out you expended any kind of money for an adoption. Because didn't you know that the "unwanted kids" are free? You must be paying money for the perfect ones! Never mind that to be licensed you need social workers, background checks, finger printing, etc. If you spent money, you MUST be a selfish person who is obsessed with finding a perfect child who is ripped out of a perfect family.
Oh, who am I kidding? If you adopt it's probably because you are too selfish to have stretch marks!
But once again you are selfish if you never have children!
Yeah, my advice is to just not care what anyone thinks. It's the best thing you can pass on to your children.