The Complicated Truth About The Biological Clock | AJ+


How did the phrase “biological clock” go from a basic theory about sleep cycles to something that fills women the world over with anxiety and guilt about their fertility and life choices?

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In the ’60s and ’70s, women won control over their personal, professional and reproductive lives, but not everyone was happy with the decisions women were making – especially when that meant putting off starting a family. So the media seized upon the idea of the “biological clock.” Today it’s everywhere. This week on Because Facts, we ask: Should the burden of reproducing and starting a family fall solely on women?

Learn more here:

The Guardian. “The Foul Reign of the Biological Clock.”

The Atlantic. “How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?”

New York Times. “Lots of Successful Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. But It May Not Be About Their Careers.”

Presenter & Senior Producer: Sana Saeed
Produced by: Kathryn Wheeler
Edited by: Jamie Kruse
Animations by: Chia Liu
Shot by: Brian Joseph, Benjamin Pflum
Executive Producer: Sarah Nasr

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