Magazine article Herizons

THE BIG LIE: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock

Magazine article Herizons

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

REVIEW BY GINA WONG

The big lie: Delaying pregnancy and motherhood is a viable choice for women. The truth: Having been duped into believing this, many women are facing infertility.

This is the message Tanya Selvaratnam delivers in The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock, her emotional depiction of her struggle with infertility and the toll it took on her. She shares her anger, rage, sadness, frustration, disbelief and disappointment after feeling lulled into a sense of false security about her fertility.

Selvaratnam, a feminist, contends that second-wave feminism proclaimed that "women [have] the freedom to do whatever they want in the world," including having unprecedented control over their reproductive lives. In fact, however, biology eventually takes precedence over reproductive freedom.

This book brings together a historical account of women's rights and the upsurge of feminism as well as facts about infertility. …

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