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      I think the point is that this kind of reaction seems to be elicited by mainly female characters. Even the posts I’ve seen about Joffrey haven’t been this vitriolic, and everyone hates that guy. Sure, they wish death on him, but since it’s so common in GoT, it’s a pretty reasonable thing to wish for. No one makes fun of how he looks, or calls him a slut or whore, or anything like that. He’s really the only male I can think of who gets this much hate, and he actually deserves it because the character has absolutely no redeeming qualities that we’ve seen. All the characters listed above are fairly normal people, not psychopaths like Joffrey, but they get as much or more hate than him. Don Draper is a worse person than Betty or Megan, and he barely gets any hate at all.

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      “Never” is pretty strong. I’d say you’re better off not having kids till you’re late-20s/early 30s. Have fun, finish your education, build up your resources, develop your career, meet a great partner without having to rush into anything, go on lots of vacations, buy a house, etc. Once you’ve done all that, honestly, you’d be surprised. You might actually look forward to having kids. That’s what happened to me, also to a friend of mine. I was never against having them, just wasn’t really into the idea. She specifically never wanted kids, and now she has two (by choice). I’m not one of these people who think “oh, your clock will start ticking, you’ll change your mind”. A lot of people never do change their minds. And I also don’t think you need kids to be happy, there are many routes to happiness. But if you get to a point in your life where you’ve accomplished a large part of your goals for yourself, you might find yourself wanting to add new ones. :)

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      I wish we’d stop perpetuating the “childbirth is the most painful thing ever” story. It can be, but it won’t necessarily be. The more you can relax the muscles and go with it the easier it’ll be, and the tenser you are the harder it will be. We’re just making it harder on everyone by scaring people. Mine certainly wasn’t the screamfest depicted in movies and on tv, and my baby was huge! Also, whatever, these reasons are fine but basically it all boils down to “people who don’t want kids shouldn’t have them”. Pretty simple stuff.

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      If both partners work and get equal pay, then there is no alimony in the divorce. Usually, though, what happens is that the woman ends up in a lower-paying job, either because it has better hours for her to do childcare, or because she does part-time work so she can do childcare. This is a sacrifice in money that the family makes in order to have a parent spending more time with the children. The problem with it is that when a divorce occurs, it leaves the woman with the low-paying job, so now the sacrifice in money is purely on her side. Alimony is an attempt to correct that.

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