New First World problem: Whining about how nobody likes you because you don’t have kids
Maybe it’s because you’re wallowing in self-pity and no one wants to have you around:
Why is it still the case that childless women, particularly as they mature past routine childbearing age, find themselves dismissed as redundant, withered, lacking, in a way childless men would rarely – if ever – be dismissed? While a childless man remains just a man, the childless woman is too often perceived as having somehow failed. Medical difficulties aside, while male childlessness is generally perceived as a decision, a woman’s is viewed as anything from a punishment (careerist ballbreaker), a mistake (stupid, disorganised), an enforced state (unable to hang on to a man) or all these things at once.
Tellingly, however a woman arrives at childlessness, she becomes a “subwoman”, because she’s rendered herself subhuman – having flunked the most important test of her biological destiny. What’s that about? Why does the blank procreative score sheet of one sex continue to be so much more judgmentally charged than the other? Moreover (not that I want it to happen), why is there no equivalent culture of childless “submen”?
For starters, there’s no such word as “subwoman”–so why should “submen” be a word?
BTW, this article purports to be about Jennifer Anniston.
“Flunked the most important test of her biological destiny”? Really?
Posted by Charlotte Allen