Author of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”: Post-menopausal pregnancy “irresponsible”

Posted By on December 6, 2011

From Jill Stanek’s blog:

Nancy London finds that she’s in the awkward position of having to reverse herself.

As a co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves, published in 1973 (the year the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade), London was among those who argued – convincingly – that biology was not destiny, that women should take control of their lives through birth control and find pleasure and independence in sex….

In the seventies, the Second Wave feminists wanted to “have a career, travel, have sexual adventures, whatever we thought freedom meant,” London recalls.

“But then we had to find out that biology is not some patriarchal concept created to keep us barefoot and pregnant. To mother is part of our nature. To toss that out the window and say, ‘Hey, that’s not for me,’ and then at 50 to say, ‘Oops, forgot to have a baby’ – something is not processed in our thinking.”

The full piece is at THIS LINK, but be warned–there is a New York magazine cover photo of a fifty-something pregnant woman with “strategic” arm crossing to cover her privates. (Not for young readers.)

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About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of eleven children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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