UP AGAINST THE CLOCK: Career Women Speak on the Choice to Have Children by Marilyn & Norma Wikler Fabe

UP AGAINST THE CLOCK: Career Women Speak on the Choice to Have Children

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KIRKUS REVIEW

To have or not to have children: it's now or never for women in their mid-thirties--like the authors, both academics, who question ten elite contemporaries on their decisions for and against. Four of the ten assess the limits, merits, and means of combining motherhood with their established careers; mostly, the variables that emerge are expectable--infant disposition, husband input, workplace flexibility. Three single women elect to become parents without partners rather than miss out altogether: one, a high-powered lawyer, installs a resident m‚nage (two caretaker couples) and does her mothering by appointment; another, a lesbian and political radical, reports using a turkey-baster to inseminate herself with the sperm of a gay friend of a gay friend. In the third group, the voluntarily childless, only one of the respondents has an applicably long view of the consequences of her choice. Fabe and Wikler presume an intelligent professional basis for the ambivalence of their chronological peers, but their unsophisticated delivery progresses textbook-fashion from interview to repetitive exposition. Juvenile commentary between some wise questions and thoughtful answers that confirm Jane Price's model 1977 argument, You're Not Too Old to Have a Baby.

Pub Date: May 31st, 1979
Publisher: Random House