‘Just because you CAN have a baby, and can afford to have a baby, and want to have a baby doesn’t mean that you SHOULD have a baby…Babies are not chihuahuas. They are not dresses or a pair of shoes. They are not trendy, they are humans. Forgive me for being so judgey wudgey, but I just do not see how having a baby is within the best interest of these young women, or their future children’s.’
From an open letter to anyone with a uterus – an outburst over at Dolly Mix caused by the news of Lilly Allen and Jamie Lynn Spears (16 year old sister of Britney) each announcing their respective pregnancies.
Feminism is in a state of flux place right now. What is ‘female empowerment’ achieving? Clearly the kind of feminism that people of my generation grew up with had not envisioned quite where we are right now. The right to be sexy? (the right to strive for physical perfection through cosmetic surgery?) The right not to be the one who takes sole responsibility for contraception? Are babies really being used as lifestyle accessories? Or is that just the way things are because many are aping a shallow celebrity culture?
The Beeb also asks about empowerment and raises concerns as to how feminism is now being defined. If female sexual empowerment is the lynch pin of the new feminism then what will it achieve for the generation currently growing up? Will it widen their options or narrow them? Will it give women what they want or just deliver for some women whilst leaving many others worse off?