Do they owe us?How many times have you heard someone in their thirties say that they want kids but just not now, that they're planning on trying at some stage in the future, and look at Madonna/Geena Davis/Holly Hunter/Marcia Cross, they didn't have their first child until forty-something?
Does Hollywood perpetrate the myth of fertility into your forties? Is this lulling women into a false sense of security? Do these celebs owe us anything?
Obviously celebrities are human beings (really!) and should be allowed to live their lives as they choose, and if that means keeping the details of their fertility treatments private then we should respect that. But what if they give interviews where they gush about how they've always worked out and looked after their body and that is why they were able to conceive no problem with their own eggs at fifty? Does this level of irresponsibility deserve to be outed? Don't women have a right to know that their eggs have a use-by date?
What do you think? I am writing an article for the Irish Times about the myth of fertility in your forties and would appreciate your views. Do you think celebs have a duty to be honest about their fertility treatments? Do you think they have a duty not to lie about them? Or should we respect their right to lie as much as we respect our friend's right to lie about her IVF? Do you respect a celeb more because she talks about IVF? Who do you think should be responsible for spreading the truth about infertility - the government? the medical profession? the media? us? Do we have as much of a duty as celebs to be open about infertility?
I'd really appreciate your feedback on this. I hold my own views, but am open to new ideas. And you've always been a pretty thought-provoking bunch!