That thread at feministe just keeps going. I think there's more to this I want to talk about as well; for one thing I've been meaning to talk more about Alice Miller for quite a while now.
For now, though, I just want to note this:
I like the whole “I deserve to not be bothered by screaming kids in fancy restaurants, I’m paying good money to not be bothered by people acting irrationally and having tantrums” riff, I think everyone can probably relate to that really. I mean from the customer side, of course.
There was a funny article in this collection of food writing essays I have; the author and his wife decide to throw caution to the wind and take their two year old to one of the fanciest restaurants in town. Amazingly, every time she started to go into one of her two-year old behaviors–I want this, I’m gonna slide under the table now–a waiter instantly appeared to take care of her every need. Apparently they managed to keep her placated throughout the entire meal. No screaming.
What the author concluded from this was that actually, billionaires are a lot like two year olds. They get their every whim attended to immediately and apologetically, pitch a hissy fit if it isn’t exactly right -right now-, and accept this as their due.
What fancy restaurants failed to realize, says the author, was that sooner or later people with -actual two year olds- would figure this out and take advantage of it.