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When Babies Aren't Enough by Jessica Hopkins

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Is there a common attitude society has towards women, and their roles as mothers? Betty Rollin, American journalist, reporter, and author, believes there is. She calls it the motherhood myth. She writes about this subject in her essay, “Motherhood: Who Needs It?” The myth is the idea that all normal women want and need to become mothers (Rollin 286). Rollin believes this is false, and argues that there is no biological drive or instinct, that makes women want to become mothers. Society reinforces this myth into us, through many forms of propaganda. Rollin argues against the belief that women’s most important role in life is to become a wife, and mother. She calls for the freedom to choose, and explains that becoming a mother is not an obligation you must fulfill, but a choice you must determine thoughtfully. Rollin also discusses the many reasons why motherhood is not a path many would like to follow, and lists the numerous adverse effects it has. While Rollin presents professional perspectives, and several evidences from reliable sources, there are many areas she ignores that do not support her point. Jessica Hopkins, a college student, points some of them out in her essay, “When Babies Aren’t Enough: Analysis of Motherhood: Who Needs It”. Hopkins believes that Rollin's passage was extreme, and might be viewed as ridiculous by the average women. She states that while society influences us in many ways, a mothers desire to have children is not one of them. (Hopkins par. 5) In her article, Rollin specifically mentions the false presumptions that mothering is a biological instinct. Psychoanalyst, Dr. Frederick, is quoted saying “When a woman says with feeling that she craved her baby from within, she is putting into biological lang... ... middle of paper ... ...wn, women didn’t have all the opportunities they have today. Rollin’s article was written in the 1970, and she fights the battles they had to fight back then, one of them being the belief that women must be confided to raising children as their only purpose in life. She argues for the right to choose. However, Rollin takes an extreme stance when she declares that we should stop procreating, and that mothers are miserable. There were many areas that she ignored that would have otherwise contradicted her arguments. Works Cited Hopkins, Jessica. “When Babies Aren’t Enough: Analysis of Motherhood: Who Needs It?”. http://www.jmu.edu/evision. James Madison University. April 2013. Web. 4 Apr. 2014 Rollin, Betty. “Motherhood: Who Needs It?” The Norton Reader. 13th ed. ED. Linda Peterson, et al. New York: W.W Norton & Company, Inc., 2012. 286-295. Print.
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