For women, the experience of motherhood passes through their bodies, whatever they do with motherhood. I mean, deciding against motherhood is just as hard as deciding for motherhood. But it's a decision you have to make. You cannot pass through your life and forget about it…. Motherhood you have to consider, in a positive or negative way.
KORALIA, forty-two-year-old professional
In After Nature (1992a), Marilyn Strathern contends that over the past few decades “the English” have been pressed into reconsidering their previously taken-for-granted views on how nature and culture relate to one another. Until recently, she argues, the English, and Euro-Americans more generally, have regarded the domain of Nature as a resource for the production of Culture and as a constraining model for human endeavor. 1 In regarding their cultural projects as both built on and imitating nature, modern Euro-Americans have taken “after nature. ” Today, however, when consumers gladly part with extra money to acquire specially grown organic produce, when researchers look to genetic therapy for cures for diseases, and when biodiversity must be politically claimed and secured by national and international agencies, nature no longer sits so obviously apart from cultural intervention: “Nature as a ground for the meaning of cultural practices can no longer be taken for granted if Nature itself is regarded as having to be protected and promoted” (Strathern 1992a, 177). What was once held implicit—that nature grounds culture—is being made explicit, with the result that people are widely coming to see nature as culturally constructed. Thus, not only are Euro-Americans “after” nature in acting with Nature in mind, they are today also postnature. Strathern does not find this surprising. This process of literalization, as she calls it, is fully in keeping with the Enlightenment proposition “that one should aim for a state of permanent revelation, to demystify and make things more and more apparent in consciously conveying it to others” (Strathern 1992a,