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The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock.


The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock

Tanya Selvaratnam

Prometheus Books


367 pages



Selvaratnam tells her story of attempting to conceive beginning at age 37 and the emotional difficulties of multiple miscarriages, intertwined with scientific statistics on fertility, the success rates and risks of fertility treatments, and cultural perspectives on motherhood. She criticizes the message that women can simply wait until financially and emotionally ready for reproduction and discusses the limitations of fertility treatments, fertility preservation, and evolution. She also addresses the feminist ideals behind the message to delay until ready, the serious considerations of planning desired children with the biological clock in mind, and the effect of fertility decisions on relationships between women. The final chapter summarizes action items and things for women to be aware of, and a long list of resources and notes appends the book.

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