||[Jul. 8th, 2010|03:33 pm]
The Pew Research Center tells us, in our “middle-class” state of "androgyny," as Paglia describes it, “Among all women ages 40–44, the proportion that has never given birth, 18 percent in 2008, has grown by 80 percent since 1976, when it was 10 percent. There were 1.9 million childless women ages 40–44 in 2008, compared with nearly 580,000 in 1976.” Some of the reasons for this childlessness, according to Pew, are contraceptives, better job opportunities, less social pressure to get married and have children, and more freedom to choose if and when to have a child. Oh! Well then, I guess we can say that, as our society has become more sterile—thanks to contraception and abortion—women have become less like those old-fashioned ones who welcomed children, wanted to stay home and be a mommy and really expected Daddy to provide for the family.
Well, thanks to those things, I have the CHOICE to decide for myself whether I want to be "wife" or "mommy" based on my own personality rather than on exigent circumstances forcing me to see marriage as my only career option.