Tuesday, November 10, 2009

As Seen at the Check Out Stand

So I was waiting in line at Who.le Foo.ds yesterday, and perusing the magazines at the check stand. My eye settled on an issue of The Ec.onomist which had an image of a baby falling through the sky. The headline read: Falling Fertility. The sub-line read: How the Population Problem Is Taking Care of Itself.

I clutched my stomach and suppressed an outburst. All I could think was, "How dare they! How insensitive! How cruel!" I felt somehow personally attacked.

What if the headline had read, "Increase in Cancer--How the Population Problem is Taking Care of Itself"? What would happen then?

Sure, maybe I'm overreacting. Infertility won't kill you. But it sure as hell can destroy your life: Wreck your marriage, damage your friendships, kill your bank account, blast your self-esteem. Make you question your faith, relationships, your entire existence. Not to mention wreak havoc on your body should you choose to pursue fertility treatment. Those struggling with Infertility almost assuredly also struggle with depression, stress, anxiety. Just like cancer, or any other major illness--Infertility is a life-altering experience.

It's not funny. Cute floating baby or no.

I'm just sayin'.

What do you think?


Holly said...

My mouth dropped open and stayed that way for about 10 minutes. Where was their editor when this article was written??!?

(Just so you don't think I'm crazy...I read your blog because I am also fertility challenged...I am so excited for your little miracle!)

Anonymous said...

Hi, new to your blog. While I have never had fertility problems, I read quite blogs of those who have. I am constantly amazed at the strength of women (and their partners) and KNOW what they want and go for it. That magazine editor was a fool!!! Congratultions on your little miracle .. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

First of all, congratulations on your amazing news! I am so happy for you!

As for The Economist, the headline is horrifying, but the actual article has nothing to do with infertility. It is about (voluntary) declining fertility in poor countries. They cite a country where women used to have six children on average and now have three. If only that were the the kind of declining fertility the rest of us were facing!


Meghan said...

I haven't seen that cover. I can not believe such a thing would get published! I don't knowif I want to go online and read the article or not...