Mothering Hypes

Jessica Valenti's new book debunks myths maternal.

By Sady Doyle

For women, the question of whether or not to have a child can feel less like a personal choice than a litmus test. Having (or not having) children serves, even in 2012, as a measure of one’s womanly value, a more or less final [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    Parenting just isn’t a
    science. If it was then all of the sources would agree and anyone who has
    worked with kids or has kids of their own knows that NOBODY agrees. Ultimately,
    parenting is an art and it comes down to doing what works best for you. There
    aren’t any parenting experts out there even if they claim to be.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had
    all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

    Posted by Heather Harrison on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    You know, with what’s happening with our resources and the environment, it’s quite the paradigm shift that our generation has to acknowledge: The lives of our children will probably be of a lesser quality than our lives were. No fish in ocean by 2050, paying a second rent just to maintain a car. Debt levels through the roof in most households. The boomers tried to give us that bedtime story that we can be whatever we want, as though we were born in some giant “prosperity party” that would never end. What stories are the parents of today telling the kids?

    Dr. Seuss’s “Lil’ Schmuck is Outta Luck”..“Teaching the law of deminishing returns to your young ones”

    Posted by ViralOutrage on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    We have the technology to make pregnancy a choice, and the intelligence to make that choice. Who can possibly deny that?

    Posted by Scott on Oct 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    “Privilege affords them fulfilling careers” - Yup, Privilidge is clearly the reason women have the job they have. Its not like they mostly earned those careers. /s

    Posted by Anthony Deluca on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM