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The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock

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The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock

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    Tanya Selvaratnam(Author)
A candid assessment of the pros and cons of delayed motherhood.
 

     Biology does not bend to feminist ideals and science does not work miracles. That is the message of this eye-opening discussion of the consequences of delayed motherhood. Part personal account, part manifesto, Selvaratnam recounts her emotional journey through multiple miscarriages after the age of 37. Her doctor told her she still "had time," but Selvaratnam found little reliable and often conflicting information about a mature woman's biological ability (or inability) to conceive. 

     Beyond her personal story, the author speaks to women in similar situations around the country, as well as fertility doctors, adoption counselors, reproductive health professionals, celebrities, feminists, journalists, and sociologists. Through in-depth reporting and her own experience, Selvaratnam urges more widespread education and open discussion about delayed motherhood in the hope that long-lasting solutions can take effect. The result is a book full of valuable information that will enable women to make smarter choices about their reproductive futures and to strike a more realistic balance between science, society and personal goals.

"With vulnerability, insight, and honesty, Scheib uses her personal journey with health, fertility, and career to illuminate one of the biggest issues of our era. Have women lost out on fundamental happiness by following the call to have it all -- a family and career?" --FARAI CHIDEYA, television and radio journalist, author "of The Color of Our Future""Scheib ... helps us all understand that there are ways to achieve our personal hopes and dreams when given honest information, guidance and support."--CATHERINE GUND, documentary filmmaker and co-founder, Third Wave Foundation"The ability to choose to become a mother, or not, is playing itself out in real time everyday and there is no question in my mind that the right to plan one's family on one's own timetable continues to have more pros than cons for this generation. However, it is also important that we examine the impact of a societal shift of this enormity. There is great potential in Tanya Selvaratnam's journey to bring similar stories of disappointment, frustration, and hope to light. In sharing there can also be healing."--CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS, founder, Every Mother Counts; director/producer, "No Woman, No Cry"; author ("Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice"); global maternal health advocate, model, mom"With vulnerability, insight, and honesty, Selvaratnam uses her personal journey with health, fertility, and career to illuminate one of the biggest issues of our era. Have women lost out on fundamental happiness by following the call to have it all -- a family and career?" --FARAI CHIDEYA, television and radio journalist, author "of The Color of Our Future""Selvaratnam... helps us all understand that there are ways to achieve our personal hopes and dreams when given honest information, guidance and support."--CATHERINE GUND, documentary filmmaker and co-founder, Third Wave Foundation"The ability to choose to become a mother, or not, is playing itself out in real time everyday and there is no question in my mind that the right to plan one's family on one's own timetable continues to have more pros than cons for this generation. However, it is also important that we examine the impact of a societal shift of this enormity. There is great potential in Tanya Selvaratnam's journey to bring similar stories of disappointment, frustration, and hope to light. In sharing there can also be healing."--CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS, founder, Every Mother Counts; director/producer, "No Woman, No Cry"; author ("Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice"); global maternal health advocate, model, mom

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  • PDF | 300 pages
  • Tanya Selvaratnam(Author)
  • Prometheus Books (14 Jan. 2014)
  • English
  • 9
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Dashwood on 16 August 2014

    So informative! Definitely a book to read if you want to understand the fertility process for older women

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