The state penalises women who are childless and unmarried: \’I might be single, but I’m not a failure\’
As new figures show that marriage is becoming more popular, women are persecuted for being solo and childless.
I\’d certainly say that the photographer has done her no favours at all. Or perhaps the picture editor: that particular expression should have been better left out of the paper I think.
But there\’s another point entirely that can be made. And this might not be what society ought to be but to a certain extent it\’s what it is. Those young women who trade looks and vivacity into a career are in possession of a wasting asset, those looks and vivacity. When that asset has wasted it\’s not all that much of a surprise if the career falters a little.
And on the marriage and children side it\’s not entirely surprising that if one spends some years in a long term affair with one\’s married editor, aborting one (or was it two?) along the way, then as those assets waste then that alternative career as wife and mother becomes a little less achievable.
Or as an economist might put it: there are opportunity costs to every decision made. It is indeed glorious that women now have many more choices but that just means that there are therefore more such opportunity costs. And as the economist might then go on to say: having made your choices please, please, don\’t whine about the costs of them.