motherhood is a choice
If we say that women have a right to remain childless, it means that nobody may force us to have children. Often discussions of this nature will bring up the idea of choice ("it's our choice whether or not we have children"); in fact, the presence of rights does not imply choice one way or the other.A woman has an unplanned pregnancy. According to Pro, if she consented to sex, she somehow "chose" pregnancy. I suggest that he means she is responsible for her pregnancy.responsibility: the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something (2)Notice the implied passive in the definition. The pregnant woman is held accountable, is blamed by the society in which she lives. Pro is completely using the idea of choice in a political way. She chose to have sex, he says, so she chose (is responsible for/to blame for) her pregnancy. Compare this with the UN Declaration of Human Rights which explains: motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance."choice" is a political conceptWhen workers go on strike, nobody ever says "postal work is a choice". Nobody ever comments that the nurses knew the profession had long hours, low pay and tough working conditions and still chose it. The government would never take this line, of course, because it's where the unions' power lies. The last thing the government wants is for people to stop becoming nurses or teachers.However, the people saying "motherhood is a choice" - feminists and employers - would like women to spend less time on motherhood. The former because they are committed to sex equality in the workplace, and the latter because they are committed to a larger pool of available workers. By saying "motherhood is a choice", we are shifting responsibility away from society, away from employers, and onto the individuals. However, consider. Over eighty percent of women become mothers. Only women become mothers. There has been no population in the history of the human race where women have en masse decided not to be mothers. That's because, at the population level, it's impossible. When we consider society as a whole, we can see that motherhood is not a choice but a certainty.(1) http://muslimvillage.com/2013/05/02/38953/converting-to-islam-as-a-red-flag-thoughts-on-katherine-russell/(2) http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/responsibility?q=responsibility Religion
It is true if you look at my debate page (1) I am a Christian, but how did I become a Christian is what my opponent failed to answer. Eighty percent of women choose to become mothers.The difference is subtle but clear. In the first, motherhood is the default. In the second, it is not. Childlessness is the status quo, and women are making a positive action to remove themselves from the standard. This second statement is untrue and sexist. Childlessness is only the status quo if we are using men as the standard. For women, motherhood norm and it is ubiquitous. Despite the obvious personal and financial advantages of childlessness, despite drastic differences in lifestyle between societies, despite widespread contraception, most women become mothers, and this happens everywhere. It's unavoidable.For employers, motherhood is neither normal nor helpful. Like that bad bad Utah girl, workers who become mothers have stepped away from best practice. They have "chosen to" neglect their work and their careers and are therefore responsible for the consequences. But, if we take out that judgmental "choose to" then the pressure is right back on the system itself. If we want equality, and we see motherhood as inevitable, then the system needs to change so that women don't lose power and status by bearing children.Humans love the idea of choice. In the dialogue about sex equality in the workplace, it is assumed that motherhood is holding women back from equality, and that if only women made different choices in regards to babies and caring for them, then equality could be achieved.^This is not the subject of the debate. I put it here as the context in which all terms are to be defined.The resolution is that motherhood is a choice. I will be arguing that this is wrong. Motherhood is not a choice.