the dull roar

by rantywoman

As Sandler notes, despite a seismic shift in our patterns – one in five American women will now never have children – we still live in a land “that often equates womanhood with motherhood,” one in which “the baby product industry is at a record high.” And, she explains, with an unprecedented range of technologies and opportunities now available to women who might otherwise have been tactfully excused from motherhood – older women, lesbians, women with fertility issues – the “oppressive … ambient roar” about having kids can be unceasing. It’s a roar that’s come at certain moments from Time itself, the magazine that just last year defiantly, attention-gettingly asked if you’re “mom enough.”