The “It Can Wait” Phenomenon

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It’s a common refrain, isn’t it? We see a young couple enjoying the newlywed life and through laughter encourage them to get their life in order before they have kids, because we all know kids change everything. Or we meet a soon-to-be college graduate, with a promising career ahead of her, and lightly chasten her to start her career before she thinks about settling down with a husband, or even more life altering, children.

Maybe you have done this. Maybe you’ve had this said to you. Maybe you have thought it for yourself. Regardless of where you’ve heard it before, the idea that a husband and children can, and should wait, is one of the prevailing ideas of feminism.

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