I love when we all put our heads together to consider important ideas. I spend a good deal of time considering the impact of birth practices on the violence in society. I have learned much good information from Dr. Michel Odent, who has done many studies on the topic. Dr. Odent feels that the modern use of medication and instruments for childbirth deprive babies of valuable hormones (oxyoticin, betaendorphin) at a key time in their emotional development (i.e. the moments following birth). He also feels that our practice of removing babies from their mothers just after birth is another way our society contrives to create violent individuals. His evidence is a collection of studies which he has amassed and continues to update hereThis database includes studies that relate birth issues with later health/psychiatric problems.
I wish to create a timeline in order to demonstrate the influences which lead to a child becoming violent later in life. I think we can do this here…we can create peaceful children if we can identify the propaganda that is wreaking havoc on our children and our society.
So my ideas to begin:
•Mother’s physical condition during pregnancy
•Use of pain/induction medication during labor (removes body’s natural response to labor, which is a natural release of oxytocin and beta-endorphin, does not cross the blood-brain barrier)
•Use of instruments for delivery (forceps, vacuum, cesarean) Imagine your first experience/contact is being pulled with force from a tight space with metal instruments…many babies and mothers are injured by these delivery methods. And just in case you think cesarean is gentle, forceps are ALWAYS used to extract an infant from a small incision.
•Being removed from mother immediately following birth, not able to smell her, breastfeed, or bond with her. Instead, being placed in a plastic bin under what amounts to a burger warmer and bathed aggressively, poked with needles, having gel placed in eyes, etc.
•If you are a boy, having your foreskin hacked off without anesthesia on the 2nd or 3rd day of life.
•Anyone noticed there are video games for babies now? These games may not in themselves be violent, but they are preparing children for a lifetime of video game interest/obsession. Learn to push the buttons early, kids!
•Plastic parenting – devices allow babies to be in a carseat ALL DAY LONG. Lift the seat out of the car and put it in the stroller. Go from the stroller to the swing. All without having to actually touch your baby and give him/her any skin to skin contact. In animal studies, baby animals will DIE from lack of touch. Human babies will not die, but imagine what it is doing to their brain activities and their ability to care and love and empathize with other humans.
•Sports activities which encourage physical contact/violence. Boys are usually encouraged to play soccer, football, etc. Girls are encouraged to be physical, but avoid physical contact. They tend to be gymnasts, cheerleaders, dancers…all of these activities which highlight physical skills and engender competition, disregarding thought and intelligence as being important. In fact, athletes are often considered “dumb jocks” as a stereotype.
•Toys: army toys, monster toys, weapons, video games, that list goes on and on, doesn’t it?
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•Television is a given…do kids even read comic books anymore? Comic books have morphed into violent tv shows.
•We have discussed violence in music, especially in rap and metal…I admit I am not terribly versed in this but some of you are, so perhaps you can elaborate/comment on this issue. I was a child of the 90’s and the music I listened to often was violent with overtones of war (Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath, etc.) but I am sure this has gotten worse since then.
•Sensationalizing in news media of violent crimes, hence copycat crimes…glamorizing true crimes through novels, news coverage, movies, etc. For example, serial killers are idolized. You just can’t make this shit up, I swear.
•Crime drama on TV ALL THE TIME such as CSI, Law and Order, Alias, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, and a a slew of others
•Sports…some may think it is just a diversion (and I am sure it is in some way…) but I think it is also drilling into these men the ideas of machismo and violence. That “rough play” is normal, which leads to fathers who play roughly with their sons and create more physical situations than mental ones…maybe I’m out on a limb here, but it bothers me.
What can you come up with to add to this list?