“But now, post-contraception and with the ability to earn and be considered equal, all women have turned out not to be the same.” An ONS study in 2010 found that just one in nine women born in 1938 remained childless, rising to one in five women born in 1965.
It is projected that a quarter of 45-year-olds will be childless by 2018.
Latest estimates suggest that 25 per cent of women in Britain of childbearing age will never have a baby.
When a woman reaches a certain age, she is expected to start thinking about having children. But why doesn’t she have children, people will whisper. Childlessness is rarely talked about, nor the reasons addressed.
Female celebrities without children (Kylie Minogue, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston among them) are subjected to are-they-aren’t-they pregnancy stories.
It might be that I am biased (and appreciate beauty when I see it) but Gael Garcia Bernal, a Mexican, is truly the only cameo “I am breaking the taboo” video that is believable.
In the opening scene of Bridget Jones’ Diary, the lecherous Uncle Geoffrey sidles up to Bridget at her mother’s turkey curry buffet and asks that dreaded question: when is she going to get “sprogged up”?
Some, like author Hilary Mantel and presenter Anthea Turner, are unable to have children.