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February 04, 2009

Amanda Marcotte: Women's Urge to Have Children Entirely A "Cultural Construct"

Right. And so is my urge to snoggle a hooter.

The theory that women have a natural urge to have babies is one that’s got a long and ignoble sexist history, [...] None of that is to say that the urge to have children that some (but far from all) women experience isn’t real, and that’s my other giant problem with the ongoing preoccupation with [evolutionary psychology] theories to explain things that are cultural constructs…

At Protein Wisdom (linked by Thompson), a reader observes:

So, the urge/feeling/inclination/whatever to bear offspring - ultimately the fundamental biological goal of any species - is a social construct, while “gender identity”, sexual orientation, and other politicized issues are as unchanging and fixed as the heavens.

It's just so stupid.

She would maintain, I'm sure, that she is not however an ideological zealot, which of course I am (and so are all of you).



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