lactating men, fathering a child, and mothering a child

kelley oudies at
Mon Nov 29 07:10:04 PST 1999

why on earth would i think that and why would you assume such? i think that's exactly what i was pointing out. that it's tied into biology shouldn't matter as much as those differential feelings are tied into the social reasons for feeling so. just the assumption that reproduction is to be given such a high level of importance is reducing our lives to something that's just not that important and, it seems to me, something you ought to be concerned about if you're really concerned about young women who still think that mothering is so all-fired important in their lives.

i give up


At 09:35 AM 11/29/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>Kelley -- what I've read is that about a quarter of a couple's inability
>to have a child is due to female, a quarter to male and half to both
>(for instance, each could have low fertility, that would work okay with
>a highly fertile partner). I've never heard that men were MORE
> also, you are mixing up infertility due to aging and infertility due
>to other causes. At 50, more women are definitely infertile than men.
> My point is not to say that fertility differentials structure the
>economy etc. it was to say that it is one thing structuring a
>difference between how men and women feel -- about, for instance, the
>passage of time. If you think single childless 35 year old women and 35
>year old men have identical feelings about their fertility and its
>decline, I don't know how to persuade you otherwise.

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