we are biology

Life Contains These Things


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Life comes in chapters.  I remember when I had my very first profound realization of this whole growing up phenomenon when I was a college freshman.  I realized that I’ve been attending so many of my friends’ 18th birthdays (a.k.a. the “debut“) and thought, wow, we’re all growing up.

Then there was the relationship cusp phenomenon, usually during college, when you’re “old enough for a real commitment but too young to get married.”  And then comes that first major break up, the graduation, the unemployment phase, and so on.

I’ve also heard countless times about that particular phase in a girl’s life when the maternal instincts start to kick in.  They say that it doesn’t matter if you’re currently involved with a partner that can (or cannot) help you out in that aspect, because these instincts are — at the risk of sounding redundant — innate in every girl.

I’ve already had two professors lecture us about how these maternal instincts aren’t just, you know, there, and that it can actually be biologically proven.   And I believe them.

I’m all for gender equality, but I also celebrate our differences as men and women.  I believe that a man and a woman were each designed differently to take on specific roles.  It’s all written in evolutionary biology and basic anatomy.

As I was saying, there comes that phase in a woman’s life where she starts longing to have kids of her own.  She’s not attending 18th birthdays anymore and is now beginning to receive christening invites, asked to organize baby showers, etc.

I think I’m kind of in that stage right now.

Some of my peers fuss over everyone else getting hitched but them, but frankly, I could care less for a plain old piece of marriage license paper.  I don’t think it’s even about everyone else but me getting knocked up either (although I won’t lie that it’s definitely part of the equation).

But (and I’m gonna say the stupid cheesy phrase once again) there comes that point in a woman’s life when she starts getting these strange urges, to have this vulnerable little life depend on her for survival, comfort, health and happiness.  I bet it’s an amazing feeling.  I’m sure it’s an amazing feeling and I know that the cool moms that I know can also attest to that.

I love this picture of an Achomawi Indian mother and her little child.  Photo taken in 1923 by Edward S. Curtis.

I love this picture of an Achomawi Indian mother and her little child. Photo taken in 1923 by Edward S. Curtis.


Written by Karla Mercado

March 13, 2009 at 4:54 am

Posted in Etcetera

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  1. There’s an important distinction between equality between the sexes and equity between the sexes.


    March 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  2. i wish you went on with that thesis statement. we can talk about it later though 🙂


    March 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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