09. 21. 2004
In theory I love the idea behind ExtendFertility, that women can stop obsessing about having a child in her 20s and 30s and have eggs frozen (for $10,000) and ready to go when they're prepared to be mothers, but I'm not sure how I feel about how extreme methods like these add to the belief that all women need to be mothers of their own biological children. It's a relentless fear campaign: "you must have your own child or you will never be complete, ack your eggs are shriveling at an alarming rate!"
That's why it made me laugh to read that throughout time, more men than women are childless.
Men and women differed in their participation in reproduction, the researchers report. More men than women get squeezed out of the mating game. As a result, twice as many women as men passed their genes to the next generation. "It is a pattern that's built up over time. The norm through human evolution is for more women to have children than men," said Jason Wilder, a postdoctoral fellow in UA's Arizona Research Laboratories and lead author on the research articles. "There are men around who aren't able to have children, because they are being outcompeted by more successful males."
More about the University of Arizona genetic study.