You know what I love about me (besides everything?) - it is that I have such a diverse group of friends. I love that I know people from every walk of life. I can't think of anything worse than having friends who look just like me, act just like me and think just like me. I learn from people who are different to me.
Now, I am probably one of the most un-granola people you will ever meet. There is nothing 'natural' or organic about me. My children are vaccinated, formula-fed, C-sectioned, IVF-conceived, TV-watching, gadget-addicted, McDonalds-eating, MSG-loving little capitalists. And I am not ashamed about this at all. Except maybe for the McDonalds. But we only do that every once in a while. Maybe every twice in a while.
One of the most interesting, funny, intelligent people I have met in the computer is someone who is exactly like me except for everything I have listed above. In fact, the only way we are similar is that we are both awesome and we both love our kids very much. My friend Jennifer has written many books, some of which I have reviewed on this very blog over the years. But her latest book is something I would probably would never have given a second glance at because my attitude towards learning scary facts about things I don't want to know about is LA-LA-LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU WITH MY FINGERS IN MY EARS!
Jennifer Margulis' latest book "The Business of Baby" takes on all the lovely controversial issues like C-sections, formula, vaccinations, paternity leave etc etc, and how these are being influenced by Big Pharma rather than the interests of the mother and child.
Jennifer has been given a roasting by the non-granola sect. She has been called all sorts of horrible names, the reaction has been quite visceral and vicious. Which is a pity really because can't we have an intelligent debate without sinking to the lowest level, but there you go. You can disagree with the sentiment without dissing the person.
If you are interested in this sort of thing, buy the book and chat to Jennifer. She is a fabulously funny clever person and I like her very much, even if she used her breasts and vagina for reproduction and not just for recreation like me.
Book available here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Business-Baby-Corporations-Childbirth/dp/1451636083/