I Have a Child Whenever I Want
Willy PASINI is a psychiatrist, a sexologist and a therapist. He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including What Good is the Couple?, The Strength of Desire, and Free and Sometimes in your Face. He has sold more than seven million copies around the world.
Chantal, a forty-year-old Parisian very absorbed in her work, has just been transferred to London. She manages remotely by sending her milk by DHL to her mother, who is keeping her child in Paris…Olga, who is over thirty-five and has a very old male friend who doesn’t want to have children, has decided to have her eggs frozen in nitrogen so that she can use them when he is no longer around.
Having control over fertility has been an obsession since Antiquity. For a long time, control was exerted in an unscientific manner using traditional methods that were more bizarre than they were effective. For a long time also, control was exerted by men. This obsession with control has now been taken up by women, who, with the help of new MAP [medically-assisted procreation] techniques and changes in legislation, are now determined to decide for themselves, often going against nature once they do become mothers.
Should we be rejoicing over this change? Above all, how can the biological and the social sides of women be reconciled?