By Mark Greif
8 infants. A monetary crash. The porn bargains. the child formulation. How one lady turned a scapegoat for America's troubles--but taught us how either the strong and the powerless are gaming our method. This comedian, provocative, wittily argued essay from n+1 means that the genuine which means of Octomom displays the way in which all of us reside now.
Kristin Dombek is a lecturer within the Princeton Writing Department.
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Mark Greif is a founding editor of n+1, and teaches on the New college in New York.
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The octuplets were supposed to be a distraction: an oasis in the midst of the day’s gloomy news of AIG perfidy, mortgage defaults, bank closures, toxic assets, and spiking unemployment. Instead, the camera teams that camped on the lawn of the nice one-story house in Whittier, California, in the glitter of LA winter, got a living metaphor for the crisis. + + + On the 26th of January, the eight babies were born, by cesarean section, ranging in size from one pound, twelve ounces, to two pounds, nine ounces.
Starr founded AIG), and currently very active in lobbying Congress to adopt more favorable policies toward AIG (in which his firm still has a large financial stake), lives near Central Park.  This was during the period when AIG was under fire for $168 million in “retention bonuses,” paid by the newly bailed-out company, to executives of its Financial Products division, the division that caused the disaster. The press broke the story of this use of taxpayer funds in March 2009, without identification of names, leading to congressional interest and an unusually high level of public complaint against the financiers.
Kamrava supposedly informed her that multiple extra embryos created for her earlier IVF treatments were going to be thawed and disposed of (again, not an uncommon situation). As Suleman explained: “Because they’re frozen, doesn’t mean they’re not alive. And they’re still—they are alive. ” Which meant she ought to help them to a better place. While the Catholic Church opposes IVF because it creates embryos outside of the mother’s womb, most Protestant anti-abortion groups don’t, and may even propose it as a resort for couples who want to attain the ultimate goods of Protestant anti-abortion ideology: babies, and the part Suleman skipped—traditional biparental family.