By Matt Janeczko, OFM Cap.
Last week, I received an email from one of our contributors, Katie Morroni, with the screen shot I’ve embedded above.
And so, after a few emails back and forth to the kind folks over at WordPress, an anonymous benefactor ponied up the $30 to help us go ad-free here at Catholic How for the next year.
In the first place: thanks to the benefactor. (S)he knows how much I appreciated this.
In the second place: sorry if you’ve ever seen an ad and been offended. I’m hoping that you were so enthralled with our content that you didn’t scroll down far enough to see the advertisements. If you did, however, and noticed something out of school, I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.
There is a third point that I’d like to make regarding the larger impact of an ad which invites readers to explore the world of “Hollywood Moms” that are just “TOO HOT.” It’s the sad irony of a world in which the phrase, “Would you talk that way around your mother?” still has some cache, but the actual dignity of motherhood generally, and women specifically, remains terribly suspect.
I often find myself telling high schoolers that I couldn’t imagine undergoing the pressures they endure: the omniscient social media, the ready availability of drugs significantly more powerful and addictive that a harmless joint, a world whose patterns of war seems to mirror Orwell’s 1984. The list could go on and on.
On these pages, however, we have tried to attempt to create a space where discussion is open and honest: civility, as John Courtney Murray once wrote, dies with the death of dialogue.
The ad that many of you saw last week won’t appear again: it’s not because we don’t care for dialogue, it’s because the exploitation of women, regardless of age or number of children birthed, is not a matter for sales, but rather serious conversation about its prevention.