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British Author Says 14-Year-Olds Are Ready to Have Babies

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am in Just Bizarre, Teens.

Teenage parents (Illustration/Fresno Bee 20007) Color us speechless. When a famous British author announced last week that 14 was a good age to have babies, we were left just spluttering. You too?

We were reading Strollerderby when we chanced upon the mention that Hilary Mantel, the Brit who won the prestigious Man Booker Prize, had told a newspaper interviewer that at age 14, she would have been ready for children. “Having sex and having babies is what young women are about, and their instincts are suppressed in the interests of society’s timetable,” Mantel told the reporter.

It gets better. And by “better,” I mean worse, of course. In its coverage of the Mantel mouth-off, the Telegraph, a British newspaper, quotes supportive comments from Dr. Claire Alexander, prof at the London School of Economics and editor of a recent research study called “Teenage Parenthood: What’s the Problem?” Teenage parenthood is a good thing, Alexander said, because it “can even provide an impetus for teenage mothers and fathers to strive to provide a better life for their children.” Um, while they’re on welfare? Because last time I checked, you can’t get a job when you’re 14 – other than, you know, babysitting.

Is it just me? Or are these people three wheels short of a baby buggy?

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