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.” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/10/foul-reign-of-the-biological-clock
The Atlantic. “How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?” https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/how-long-can-you-wait-to-have-a-baby/309374/
New York Times. “Lots of Successful Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. But It May Not Be About Their Careers.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/03/health/freezing-eggs-women.html
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
Music tracks courtesy of APM and Audio Network.
Footage and images courtesy of Getty and Archive.org
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