“The Next Sexual Revolution” is a misstated op-ed piece by Dr. Ronald W. Dworkin, appearing in today’s Wall Street Journal.*
Dr. Dworkin rightfully asserts the creation of the birth control pill as “the greatest medical event of the 20th century.” What was so groundbreaking about “the pill” is that women could exert full control over their reproductive system, enjoying intimacy without the worry of pregnancy.
The next “sexual revolution” according to Dr. Dworkin will occur when “vitrification” becomes technologically possible. This would permit women to store their unfertilized eggs for decades. All a woman would have to do is take hormones to support the implementation of her thawed out egg in her “ageless uterus.”
Dr. Dworkin’s point is that if women can give birth at any age, they would no longer have to sacrifice their full career potential to be a mother. While that sounds helpful, such technology is better described as a sexist revolution.
The adverse effects of women taking HRT is well known, so a woman’s vital organs/systems may be compromised from pregnancy and birth beyond her natural biological capabilities. A woman embarking on motherhood at an age when her mother started Social Security would have to be financially well off to ensure her child is cared for at a time when her health is on the wane through the natural process of aging, let alone her demise.
Short of equalizing childbearing by fertilizing an egg and gestating/birthing it from an artificial “uterus”, the crux of the matter is not to be solved by technology. It is society’s recognition that women’s contributions in the workplace are just as important as her role as a mother.
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