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Having Children Is A Much Harder Decision For Women Than For Men. This Thread Reveals The Reality

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I turned 30 this month, and every time I told my friends “Gah! I’m old!” they tried to give me the whole ‘So what? Age is just a number” speech. And you know what? That’s not news to me. I know. But being a woman, 30s don’t just bring a more angular face, financial stability and independence, but also the pressure to get married and have kids before my best reproductive years go by. Sometimes, even if you’re not ready for it. Ironic isn’t it, that for men, who don’t even have to bear but only rear children, the service remains fully functional until the very end. And for women, it’s a race against time, sometimes putting a major dampener on the plans they have to live their life to the fullest.

I know, it isn’t exactly an easy decision for men either. If our society dictates that a woman must be ready to be a mother as her 30s approach, it also dictates that a man must be financially ready to provide for his children. That’s how the roles have been divided by our societal norms, right? Once a man becomes a father, he has to be this lifelong ATM machine, provider and protector. No wonder that men prefer being financially prepared and feel the pressure to establish steady income before they make such a decision.

For women, however, it is much harder. It isn’t just about wanting kids or being financially stable to bring up one (or more). There’s so much more to take into consideration, not the least being the changes that their body would undergo. Just as puberty and menstruation change a woman’s body for good, so does pregnancy and childbirth. And some of these changes are irreversible, can give you body image issues, ailments like low blood pressure that you might not have had before, mental health issues, and sometimes, women are the risk of losing their lives too.

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They’re also at the risk of losing certain freedoms, starting with a minimum of nine months of giving up some of our favourite things that could be potentially harmful to the baby, to hitting pause on our career ambitions, and having a little demon monkey (adorable one) attached to our hip for the next few years. The sad part is, just when women are finally getting into a zone where they are their own person, is when they have to give it all up. Otherwise, it would be too late.

And that’s again, just the tip of the iceberg.

In fact, this Twitter thread that I came across perfectly sums up why for women, it is a much harder decision to have a child than it is for women.

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Sure, there are women who’ve been ready to be mothers for a long time before they actually do. And for them, having children might not even deserve a second thought. But as more and more women are finding their voice and daring to step out of their comfort zones and really explore what it means to be independent and free, they are choosing to not have children. It’s a decision that is often perceived as being selfish but feminists and environmentalists who’ve been alarmed at the growing population will tell you that’s BS. It’s probably a good thing that more women are choosing to not have children.

In the current season of the show This Is Us, a character who has struggled all her life with anorexia and  body image issues struggles with her changing belly and the requirement of eating more “for her and the babies” (yep, twins). I know my mother, having had two cesarian deliveries, hates that the shape of her belly will always be the way it is, and there’s nothing other than surgery that can fix it.

Similarly, female celebrities are also shamed for not wanting to biologically have children and opting for surrogacy because they put their bodies and their careers first, as if that is proof of their maternal prowess. But really, if a woman, for the sake of her body or her career, does not want to have children, why the hell is it selfish?

It’s not even just about the women anymore. The whole pressure about the future, the responsibilities, the expectations that come with becoming a parent… all of that can be so overwhelming. Especially, when you’re being rushed into making that decision by a bunch of people who don’t even understand your issues.

Several women responded to the Twitter thread with their views.

Now while some men actually understood where the women were coming from, there sure were a few who just came in there for bashing women’s opinions, calling them ‘sluts’ and ‘whores’ and tooting the “Men too” horn to once again make it about themselves. And you guessed it right, some of them don’t have their own DPs even but still want to have opinions about women’s uteruses.

I think Rachel from Friends put it forth as succinctly as possible when she said,

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