December 29, 2006
You Mean God/Science Really Does Want Me to Make Babies and Clean the House?! (by guest blogger Julia)
Even “Sex & the City” in its final season dealt with the medical finding that not going through a pregnancy cycle increases a woman’s risk of getting cancer. As the Kim Catrall character, Samantha, put it, “When did having a baby become your ticket out of cancer?”
As well, women who interrupt a pregnancy cycle unnaturally (i.e. abort) have an increased chance of getting cancer. Not only that, but the more babies you make, the less cancer you’re supposed to have. Furthermore, breast-feeding protects you against cancer and diabetes. And of course taking birth-control pills increases one’s cancer risk.
Alright already! I’ve gotten used to the idea that God really may prefer me barefoot and pregnant — and that he won’t be happy unless I’m also breast-feeding. But this latest finding is just too much:
The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.
Out of all of the activities, only housework significantly reduced the risk of both pre- and post-menopausal women getting the disease. Housework cut breast cancer risk by 30% among the pre-menopausal women and 20% among the post-menopausal women.
In my house there are no children, and a cleaning lady comes once a month. The writing is on the wall, and I can’t even be bothered to wipe it off.