Is a procedure that allows a woman to preserve her eggs all it's cracked up to be?
Doom and gloom aside, egg freezing is an incredible breakthrough, a significant new option to add to our short list of reproductive choices. But this medical marvel obscures a greater issue: the need for social change. Whatever happened to talk of improving childcare for working parents? Whatever happened to the idea that pregnancy and child-rearing are more than some kind of extended sick leave? The idea that children could and should be an integral part of the lives of even the most competitive professionals—whether male or female? The responsibility for making up for the inequities that exist in our culture should not be placed solely on the shoulders of women, regardless of whether or not they can afford a trip to one of Jones' clinics.
There are the real issues at stake. And we can't look to science to cure them.
Alex Mar is a writer/director whose work has also appeared in New York magazine and Rolling Stone. Her first film, the documentary American Mystic, will be released this year.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.