4 thoughts on “Cristina Odone: I want my daughter to know she can never have it all

  1. The single civic and sociological thing which lowers reproductivity is giving women “choices”. Obviously, that’s the whole civic point of feminism; i.e., one can choose “masculine” values and be childless, which is fine if that’s what you want. Alternatively, alienated, possibly genetically-compromised “latch-key” children are the perfect fashion accessory. All they need is a “wet nurse” which is either chemical, engineered or a woman with not so many “choices”. Alternatively, government will provide the “mothering” and the “fathering” while women explore their “choices” to lower the market value of the “professions” they “choose”.

    Suppose chickens, instead of tending to their chicks, pranced about like “empowered” roosters all decked out in feathered finery, until a hawk swoops down and eats them all, including the rooster, who just doesn’t care any more.

  2. I remain agog. Not at the medical advice, which is entirely accurate and sensible , but at the idea that this was somehow not known. I have three children born when my wife and I were in our early to mid 30s. It was very clear from information widely available to us in the 1980s and 90s that bothrisks to fertility( for both sexes) and risks to the pregnancy and baby increased with age. Indeed our daughter was born to a “geriatric mother” who was scandalised as she was 35 ! My colleagues in public health push out all sorts of sensible advice on such topics, I can only think that somehow all this bypasses universities altogether for young women and men to be so ignorant. Ms.Odone appears an intelligent women I find it amazing she could be so ignorant of the medical advice , which after all is the bl***** obvious. After all the idea of the “biological clock” has been currency for over 30 years to my knowledge. Indeed there appears a whole industry of complaint that men don’t ” commit” quickly enough to save women from the “ticking biological clock”.

  3. While the article might be a useful reminder to women that they need to keep their feet on the ground and their heads out of the clouds when making lifestyle choices, it seems to me to be nothing more than yet another piece of angst ridden gynocentric whining; at one point she actually blames others for her failure to realise that concentrating solely on developing a career was likely to have an effect on her chances of motherhood (‘Why had no one warned me that a work-centred life carried the risk of childlessness?’).

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