Nope, it was very much a cultural reaction. Many of the families could not go out to lunch afterward because they would be called “breeders” and told they were destroying the earth. Restaurants would more or less refuse to serve them by putting them on tediously long “wait lists” due to their “party size”. And we’re not talking 10 kids here plus parents and a couple grandparents–some were “only” two parents and 4 kids. Hardly an anomaly for 6 people to want to eat together on a Sunday morning.
I mean, even super liberal people, like the ones I worked with, were subject to mockery. When a co-worker found she was having her 3rd boy in as many years she was asked if she was going to abort. Rather than responding horrified-as any pregnant mother should- she responded without any animosity towards the speaker: “no, it’s too late for that, but DH is going to get snipped and I’m getting my tubes tied during birth.” Plain as day. Also, a few women in my office synced up the time they took their birth control so they’d remind each other. We all knew what the alarms going off at 1 meant.
When I say I live(d) in a toxically liberal place, I mean it. I mean, I was in a doctor’s waiting room pregnant with my 2nd, with my adorable then 15mo. When I asked the nurse if the doctor was accepting patient’s siblings she had the gall to suggest that perhaps I was having a second child because I didn’t love my first. Despite the fact that this child was sporting her sweet, drooly smile and clinging to me. My friend with 4 kids 5 and under was told by her GP to “cut it out” because “your vagina is not a clown car”. Yeah…
So around here, Trads tend to behave VERY badly. Very badly. They see people as for them or against them, and they tend to apply rather ridiculous means tests to do so.