Is actress Alicia Silverstone’s version of attachment parenting might have been influenced by Star Trek’s “Ferengi Parenting”?
By: Ringo Bones
A few months ago, actress Alicia Silverstone made headlines when a video of her pre-chewing her food before spitting it into her kid’s mouth in the name of “attachment parenting” went viral on the web and got everyone talking about the pros and cons of attachment parenting. But to us Star Trek fans, the practice of parents pre-chewing their kid’s food before “spitting” it into their mouths is eerily similar to a somewhat strange-from-our-perspective Ferengi parenting practice.
This quirky Ferengi sociological practice was first seen when a spin of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek TV series called Deep Space Nine aired on primetime TV back around 1993. Pre-chewing of food then feeding it to their infants is not only practiced by Ferengi mothers but also of Ferengi women to their husbands and / or prospective husbands. Given that President Obama was recently “outed” as a Trekkie – i.e. Star Trek fan, does this mean that Alicia Silverstone a Trekkie too?