Yeah, so, according to internet commenters, my baby isn’t welcome in San Francisco.
I keep seeing these blog posts on popular San Francisco websites that are written in a kinda — to be honest — anti-kid tone. And, most of the comments are of the “If parents don’t like it then move to the East Bay” variety.
Divisive Parents Want to Fence Off Section of Dolores Park for Brats (Uptown Almanac)
Dolores Park Playground Parents Now Want A Fence To Keep Out
Gays Dogs (SFist)
Supes Propose Change In Muni’s Stroller Policy (SFist)
It bums me out because these are websites that I love. For town that’s supposed to be all about tolerance, this town isn’t very tolerant of kids.
Here’s an example of some of the comments on these posts:
“Things I could give a shit about: kids, their parents, and the self entitlement they spew. there’s a reason many people live here – it’s because this city has the least amount of kids evar, omg, and it’s great. No sniveling brats or asshole teens clogging up shit. Fuck ’em and fuck their parents too.”
Hell yeah! Fuck kids! I wish the real world was more like “Children of Men.” Oh wait!
Dear San Francisco blog commenters,
Not every parent in San Francisco is an insufferable asshole, just like every person who doesn’t have kids is not an insufferable hipster douchebag.
I have a baby. He was born in San Francisco. We live in San Francisco. We’re not moving. Get over it.
PS: Say hello to your mother for me.
I know that some parents are complainy, helicopter parents. I get it. Some people move to San Francisco, have kids, and then want to change San Francisco. But not all of us. Some of us live here because we love San Francisco. ( I like you very much, San Francisco. Just as you are.)
Children are a part of living in a big city. People without kids are a part of living in a big city. Can’t we all just get along?
And, can’t we all agree that maybe we shouldn’t let dogs run wild through a children’s playground? I have a dog. I love dogs. I don’t want my dog to run unleashed through a children’s playground, just like I wouldn’t let my kid run wild through a dog park.
There’s plenty of room in the park (more specifically, Dolores Park) for everyone. Maybe a low fence to keep the kids from running all over the park is a pretty OK idea, if you stop to think about it. I mean, the dogs would have the entire park to themselves. See? Using common sense is fun.
As for the other story … Is it really hard to believe that parents who use a stroller might need to use the public transportation system, too? Can’t we have a discussion about public transportation and strollers without resorting to shit like, “Everyone with kids needs to move out of San Francisco”? This city wants everyone to get out of their cars and use public transportation, but only people who don’t have kids. Really?
Come on, San Francisco! Aren’t we better than this stupid shit? My husband and I are good, responsible people, and we’re trying to raise a mighty, mighty good man. Is there really not room in San Francisco for me, my husband and The Spawn?
I love San Francisco. I think it’s the greatest city in the world. I really do. Every day after work I drive over the Bay Bridge, and I see the most amazing view of San Francisco, and I think, “Holy shit! I live in San Francisco. What an awesome fuckin’ city!” But I read all these posts and their ridiculous comments, and I get so depressed. I told David about all the comments and how it makes me feel unwelcome in my own town.
“I am sure there are some nice adult-living communities in Arizona if they hate being around children,” he said.
I guess if I were to take my cue from the angry commenters I would write something like this:
Hey, kid-hatin’ internet commenters! You need to move out of San Francisco. This is our town. And we’re totally taking it over one park, and one bus, at a time.
Here, I packed a lunch with a juice box for your trip.