Since you asked: The rant

Give birth to a baby you don't want? Cut your own arm off? What the heck, time's a wastin'!

Published November 21, 2001 4:53PM (EST)

Cary Tennis regularly brings his impassioned oratory on arts, politics and culture to Salon.

This week, in his role as Salon's advice columnist, he wonders aloud at the powerful pull of motherhood -- even among women who don't like children and don't want to raise any.

Being a man, having never punched his reproductive card in the biological time clock, so to speak, he tends to explain himself with gruesome anatomical metaphors. But he does so, nonetheless, with a vigor of expression we find strangely refreshing.

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