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Parenthood: Cult or No?

Posted by mbamommy on September 16, 2011

The other day, my fabulous new friend, Mama Leche, made a comment to me about parenthood being like a cult.  I was a little taken aback at first until she started explaining the similarities to me….and it got me thinking….is parenthood really like being in a cult?

On one hand, definitely not.  Cults have a huge negative implication because of their extremist religious tendencies and their propensity for mass suicides (although it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve jumped on a popular saying without understanding it’s founding negative implications). Parenthood, regardless of the parent’s religious beliefs, tends to be viewed as positive…you know..continuation of the species and all that jazz.  And, generally speaking, we do not off ourselves at play dates….even though sometimes we may want to if said kiddo misses their nap or eats too much chocolate.

But, there are some similarities.  If you take a look at Wikipedia (and y’all know how much I love me some Wiki), Cults are (in a nutshell), defined as “a group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre.”  Hmmmm….know any parents who behave or believe a little bizarrely?

And, then Wikipedia goes on to describe a cult’s practice of Mind Control:

Studies performed by those who believe that some religious groups do practice mind control have identified a number of key steps in coercive persuasion:

  1. People are put in physical or emotionally distressing situations; (uhhh…..can anyone say labor & delivery and sleep deprivation for months at a time?!?)
  2. Their problems are reduced to one simple explanation, which is repeatedly emphasized; (Mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy,)
  3. They receive what seems to be unconditional love, acceptance, and attention from a charismatic leader or group; (who can argue that those little suckers can give you hugs that make you melt)
  4. They get a new identity based on the group; (I repeat: mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy,)
  5. They are subject to entrapment (isolation from friends, relatives and the mainstream culture) and their access to information is severely controlled. (Yep, this one too……WAAAAYYYYYY true).

Well, crap.  That doesn’t bode well.  What do you think?

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2 Responses to “Parenthood: Cult or No?”

  1. Hilarious!!!

  2. […] My fantastic new friend, MBAMommy, and I were talking about how babies are the ultimate brainwashers. You can read her post about it here. […]

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