Remember Susan Patton, whose public letter to female students urged them to snag a husband while at Princeton. Well, Princeton Mom back—this time dishing on babies.
In an open letter in the New York Post, Patton stresses that women should not fritter away their prime childbearing years in favour of a glamorous career.
"Busy Miss Important can’t take time away from her glamorous career to have a child?" writes Patton. "... Smarten up, ladies! You may live longer and look younger than your foremothers, but your fertility remains exactly as it’s always been. In terms of your reproductive system, forty is not the new thirty."
Her tone may seem patronizing and antifeminist. Women are reminded that their most prized accomplishment will ultimately be their children, not their careers. "Babies aren’t speed bumps on the highway to corporate superstardom, for most women they are their most joyous miracles."
In a sense, she's right. We spend our early years trying so hard NOT to get pregnant that we somehow lose sight of how the tables will suddenly, irreversibly turn.
She urges women not to be disappointed and anxious once their "best childbearing years [16 through 28] are over." But I know few women these days who are truly ready to have children at that point in their lives. I certainly wasn't, pre-30.
Patton makes the valid point about the costly gamble that are fertility treatments.
"If you know that motherhood is a crucial component of your life’s happiness, think about starting your family sooner rather than later, write Patton. "... Because simply, there is nothing that will fill the hole in the heart of a woman who learns that she has waited too long to bear the children that she has always dreamed of."
Is Princeton Mom voicing a hard truth, or is she stuck in a bygone era?
On 15 April 300 girls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Nigeria by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which threatened to sell them. And it seems everyone is taking to social media, demanding under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls that they be brought home safely.
Even US First Lady Michelle Obama held up her sign, tweeting: “our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families."
According to an article in the Telegraph, 2016 presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton called the kidnapping an "act of terrorism" and accused the Nigerian government of being "somewhat derelict" in its response.
So far the US has sent fewer than 10 troops to Nigeria, but has no plans to launch a larger-scale recovery operation.
Celebrities like Sean Penn aren't strangers to political activism. And while images of celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx holding up #RealMenDontBuyGirls boards are laudable, they should be taken at face value.
The Real Men hashtag is apparently years old, set up by Kutcher along with then-wife Demi Moore back in 2011, according to an article in the BBC, with a view to ending the sex trafficking of children.
The re-release of such images came not from the celebs themselves but from Twitter users. And as is wont with social media, the message has spread like wildfire.
More than 1.6 million users have retweeted the Bring Back message so far. And the abduction has sparked a global movement, prompting users to devote 200 minutes on social media in support of the missing Nigerian girls.
Erica Ehm wants your help to end child slavery.
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