Quote of the week

Jill Filipovic at Feministe, on what seems to be a popular, um, misconception these days:

It turns out that whitening your teeth, dying your hair and using really good anti-wrinkle cream will not in fact extend your fertility. I KNOW. My biology class taught me that if you’re pretty you can have babies forever, so this really blew my mind. Super glad the Times regularly covers the “you think you’re young, ambitious, happy and responsible because you’re waiting until you’re ready to have kids, but you actually have the ovaries of a shriveled old hag so better get to procreating yesterday” beat. Without it, women who are under the impression that they can get pregnant at 86 as long as they look like they might still menstruate would probably never have the chance to be quoted in a reputable news publication.

Dorianne Gray, line two, please.

The only thing I’d criticize here is the characterization of the Times as a “reputable news publication,” though the piece linked therein does contain trace amounts of Actual Reality™, which I attribute to its being placed in Section E, a safe distance from either the front or the editorial page.


  1. KingShamus »

    5 September 2011 · 7:32 am

    I saw that article as I was sitting in a doctor’s office the other day. It was just as tedious as Filipovic makes it out to be.

    One cool thing about the NYT, they do a good job of acting surprised by reality. Oh wait, they’re not acting.

  2. fillyjonk »

    5 September 2011 · 7:58 am

    I….just…have no words.

    I wonder if the pursuit of the appearance of eternal youth has something to do with the decidedly-sophomoric quality of so much in our culture right now. It’s not “cool” to look like an adult, so I guess it’s not “cool” to act like an adult.

    And, are there SERIOUSLY women who believe that if they get botoxed and dyed and God-knows-what-else, they won’t reach menopause? Let’s keep those women from breeding, please.

  3. Andrea Harris »

    5 September 2011 · 9:55 am

    Ms. Filipovic sounds more upset that the NYT had the article at all than at the actual subject of the article.

  4. CGHill »

    5 September 2011 · 10:03 am

    For several years now, the primary goal of society seems to have been the prolongation of adolescence beyond any reasonable limits. Time distortion eventually catches up with us.

  5. Charles Pergiel »

    5 September 2011 · 10:02 pm

    I had a hard time untangling that paragraph. I am still not sure what was meant.

    Near as I can tell, women dress to impress each other.

  6. CGHill »

    5 September 2011 · 10:03 pm

    Well, it’s not like I’d ask them to dress to impress me, or that they would if I did.

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