Background: Recently Newsweek magazine and the British UK Guardian have written sympathetic articles about Single Motherhood by Choice–Knocking Yourself Up–Some women laugh about turkey basters replacing Mr. Right. The ongoing debate over going it alone (Newsweek, 11/5/07) and There’s no shame in going solo, says mum: Career women with eyes on their biological clocks now have a ‘how to’ guide to single parenting, but the topic is provoking a backlash in America (U.K. Guardian, Observer, 11/4/07).
Both articles focus on author/”choice mom” guru Louise Sloan, and hold me up as an example of the “vehement” backlash against single mothers by choice. To learn more, click here.
Single mother by choice guru Louise Sloan, author of Knock Yourself Up, and I debated on the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan Programme on the BBC Sunday evening. To listen to the show, click here.
The most important part of the show, even though it was a little off topic, was a letter from a 13-year-old boy named James which Nolan read on the air. The letter said:
“My mother loves me but she stops me seeing my dad though I want to. I’m starting to hate her for this. Because she hates my dad, why should I hate him?”