This man’s tweet about women’s fertility in their 30s has gone viral, and the internet is absolutely not here for it.
Ah, Twitter. Sometimes a viral thread gives us unbridled joy; other times it leaves us in total despair. I’m sorry to say that the latest talked-about tweet falls into the latter category. But the good news is that women have united to turn the conversation on its head and tell the (ahem, male) tweeter in question where to stick it.
So, what’s happened?
Stefan Molyneux has received a backlash after daring to dictate what women do with their bodies – specifically when it comes to fertility. It’s worth mentioning at this point that Molyneux is, perhaps unsurprisingly, known for being a far-right podcaster with white supremacist views…
*Takes deep breath*
“Ladies, by the time you are 30, 90% of your eggs are dead,” he wrote. “Get married young, have your babies, THEN have your career. You have 40 years to work if you want to, you only have a short time to have children. Listen to Mother Nature - she loves you and wants you to be happy. :)”
*Hyperventilates into a brown bag*
OK, there’s a lot to unpack here. Firstly, his claims are factually incorrect.
According to the British Fertility Society, we have around 2,000,000 eggs when we are born. This drops to around 25,000 by the time we are 37. It doesn’t happen at the stroke of midnight on our 30th birthdays, as Molyneux suggests. In fact, women still have a 90% chance of getting pregnant without IVF by the age of 32.
Also, there is masses of research and evidence to prove that being a parent holds a woman back in her career a lot more than a man. So, get your facts right mate.
And why does marriage even come into a discussion about having a baby? This is 2019. Sure, marriage can often give more financial and legal reassurance if you have kids. But we’re pretty sure these aren’t the issues that Molyneus is concerned about in his message. It sounds a lot more like outdated misogynistic “family values”.
Lastly, you’re a grown man, so stop using smiley emojis to sign off tweets. Eugh.
As one woman pointed out: “Unless you own a uterus, you don’t get an opinion on this”. Because the reality is that messages like this are dangerous.
His tweet feeds into support for America’s recent laws against abortion, which cancel women’s bodily autonomy. The fact that nearly 10,000 people on Twitter have shown support by “liking” the tweet is actually terrifying in a time of Trump’s America.
Here’s what Twitter has to say about the matter:
The fact that this tweet has gone viral is at first worrying. But reading the 4,000+ replies correcting Molyneux then proves that we will not stand for this anymore.
Well done for going viral for all the absolute worst reasons, Molyneux.