Once again, American individualism and susceptibility have a lot to answer for. Caring more about what people might think of you than the health of one’s child and that of society at large sends out the message that how you feel about yourself is what matters most.

And then there’s blatant disregard for science and international guidelines, an attitude redolent of American exceptionalism that makes many of my fellow citizens convinced they’re invincible.

Trying to excuse irresponsible parenting by blaming the medical establishment and the patriarchy does nothing to fix the problem while a little humility, some altruism, and a good dose of science might.

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