Young Feminist Discovers Women Can Do Anything Except Care For A Child
Penelope Widmark was raised in a Feminist home. She was told from a young age that she could do and be anything she set her mind to accomplish. She believed she could be an Olympic athlete, a NASCAR driver, the CEO of Ebay, or the President of the United States.
It wasn't until Penelope was a teenager that she learned that there is one thing women have difficulty handling... Motherhood. It was a shock at first. She would have conversations with her mother about social issues. Obviously the topic of abortion would come up. She would ask her mom why so many moms choose to abort their babies. One such conversation is impressed in her memory.
"Well, Penelope... being a mom is hard. Many women aren't ready to be a mother. Look at me. I had hiked across Europe as a college student, acquired a law degree, started my own firm, and become a regional director for Planned Parenthood before I was ready to have a child."
Penelope pushed back, "So changing a diaper and reading to a baby is more difficult than becoming a lawyer?"
Her mom replied, "Well, in a way it is. And you also have to consider how many women don't have a man in their life. I had your father. But many women are on their own. To expect a woman to be able to care for a child on her own is ridiculous."
"But I thought you always said that women don't need men," queried Penelope.
Her mom was getting a little testy by now. "It is complicated. We don't need men until they become a good excuse. Plus, pregnancy is no easy task. Being pregnant is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. The mortality rate of mothers-to-be is extremely high in America. Have you ever heard of a lawyer dying during a court case?"
"No," answered Penelope. "But then, I've never known a woman to die during pregnancy. And we know a lot of women who had babies. How many women have you known to die during pregnancy?"
At this point her mom stood up, looked at her and with exasperation yelled, "NONE! I don't know of any. I just know what our brochures say. You know what else I don't know? I don't even know who you are anymore. I've raised you better than to ask such questions."
While her mother's answers don't make sense, Penelope fearlessly presses on and doubles down on her efforts to gain entrance into the astronaut program. The only thing in the entire world she fears now is facing motherhood.