Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reproduction: choice not censure

Excuse me for posting on behalf of the breeders, bear with me, I do have a point.

WOMEN who delay getting pregnant until after their late 30s are unfairly burdening their offspring with geriatric parents, a leading obstetric physician has said.

Barry Walters, of King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, said women who planned to get pregnant after that age were ''selfish and self-centred''.

Quoted in today's The Age

Good to see it’s not just the barren copping a serve in the media for their selfishness. These days mothers, or at least the growing demographic of “older” ones, are also earning the moniker.

But Barry Walters is strangely silent on the selfishness of “geriatric” fathers. As a silvertail himself, he makes no mention as to the impact being a dad over the age of 36yo would have on the fragile lives of their offspring.

''The medical side is only part of it. It is selfish and self-centred of older women to have babies because they are not just babies - they are babies for a little while and they become people.

'They are starting out in life, having a family, working, getting mortgages and have to deal with geriatric parents. It's just not fair,'' he said.

Which seems very odd considering that women are still usually younger than the men who father their children. Given the amount of men, not just in their 40's but 50 and beyond, that are pushing the pram these days, the geriatric parenting demographic seems to have a higher percentage of testosterone than oestrogen.

Barry also seems oddly quiet about the increased risk of abnormalities including autism, bipolar disorder and even dwarfism in children fathered by men over the age of 40.

Barren or not, unless you conform to the outdated norm of dutifully popping out children at a young age (but not too young, I’m sure Barry has a thought or two on teenage mothers), women remain easy targets for the unquestioning media and old men like Barry. Reproduction is a choice. Whatever you decide.

1 comment:

Cat Drawings said...

I heard about that. What a shocker. As the child of 'geriatric' parents(according to his definition), I don't have a problem. Surely it's about the ability to parent rather than age.