In a recent interview with Gloria Steinem for the UK’s Guardian, the unwavering feminist icon recounts her abortion at the age of 22: “I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could!”
But perhaps more revealing was what the now 77 year-old Steinem said in the interview regarding aging:
“…Ageing is a bit like what being pregnant must be like, by which I mean that your body knows how to do something that you don’t know how to do – and it’s quite interesting. Your body loses what it needs to support someone else, and it keeps what it needs to support you. That’s very smart. Just watching the process is somehow fascinating.” [my emphasis]
It seems to me that Steinem has just admitted to something she has been publicly denying for more than half a century. Her absence of guilt does not negate the stubborn fact that “someone else” exists when a woman is pregnant.