Further ETA: Further commentary and clarification over at Bitch PhD. Seems like one of her readers actually looked at the report not just hte WaPo article.
See the Washington Post article, and commentary by Bitch Ph.D. and GrrlScientist.
ETA: I forgot to mention Green Gabbro's commentary and case study.
S and I can think of some good things that might come out of defining all women between puberty and menopause as pre-pregnant
- Greater awareness of the negative health effects of smoking and drinking for all people.
- Recognition that maternity leave is necessary and providing tougher penalties for employers who discriminate against the pregnant, pre-pregnant, or mothers
- Possibly acknowledging that men are fertile all the time and that they may do things that damage their sperm
- Getting one step closer to treating pregnancy as a given not as a choice.
- Providing a basis for discrimination against women in certain activities: "She can't do xxxx, she's pre-pregnant."
- Continuing to slide backwards toward women as unequal and merely vessels for the unborn
What do my pre-pregnant readers think? How about the men?