Here is my list of modern movements:
All of these things used to be normal:
- Before doctors became licensed, hospitals were widespread, and health insurance became standard (telling you what you could and couldn't do)
- Before commercial infant formula was first manufactured
- Before widespread use of pesticides and antibiotics on human foods on huge commercial farms
- Before compulsory attendance laws were enacted in all 50 states of the US (starting with MA in 1852 and ending with AK in 1929, and it hasn't even been 100 years in Virginia yet!) and education was taken out of the hands of parents
Now, we have La Leche League to teach mothers how to breastfeed, when they used to see their own mother, aunt, cousin or sister breastfeeding.
Now, we call it "organic" food, and even that's regulated.
Now, we call it home education, homeschooling, choice in education.
Are our collective memories so short? I am sure there are many other examples of beneficial activities and normal practices that used to be taken for granted, which were the common way of doing things. Are they now gone, or are they trying to make a come-back, and must be re-labeled so as not to confuse us with what has so quickly replaced them. I am not a Luddite, I'm not against progress, advances in medicine, technology and other fields. I am glad I live now, not 200 or 500 years ago. However, I do find it curious to see the similarities among the "movements" listed above.
I think that much of it comes down to personal choice and responsibility. These have been taken away from us, from underneath our noses, with many cheering as it happened, not recognizing what was being lost. So many people just don't want to be responsible for making informed choices. They're happy to let the government do their thinking for them. It's easier that way.
- You can't choose to have a natural home birth in some states. [I had a hospital birth with all the drugs they'd give me, by way of disclosure, but I support every woman's choice in this matter.]
- You can't choose to breastfeed your child in public without risking being kicked out of restaurants or stores, or being rudely stared at, or receiving unwelcome comments. Although Hathor has other thoughts.
- You can't choose what you want to eat, because farmers can't sell naturally grown produce and other farm products and call it "organic." Not without paying lots of money to be properly registered, so there are fewer choices available to us (ok, you can buy it if you can find it, but it hurts the farmer if they want the organic label which would benefit them in some ways)--you can't even sell raw milk in many states, regardless of your willingness to pay fees or be registered. But funny how nobody's stopping you from eating mud. Yet.
- You can't choose the education you want for your child, in many states, without jumping through hoops. (I wonder who taught, tested and certified George Washington to become a land surveyor by the age of 17.)