Men Have a Biological Clock Too, But Why Is That a Good Thing?

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This guest post was written by The Bump executive editor Rebecca Dolgin.

In case you missed it, last week a study published in Nature linked a father’s age to autism, schizophrenia and other diseases. According to the piece, fathers passed on four times as many genetic mutations as mothers.

This is bad news. But, from the press coverage it got last week, you’d think this was the best thing to happen to women over 35 who want to have kids. Here’s what CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield had to say, “I had my babies at 38 and 39 and I was terrified,” she said on air. “Honey, you’re in the conversation now. It’s not just me.” I don’t mean to single her out — there were tons of comments just like hers. It seems like we (well, by “we” I mean “ women” in general) almost seem happy about this report. Suddenly someone else can be blamed. Has it really gotten this bad?

I think this is really sad. And misses the whole point. Am I the only one who feels this way?

Post a comment here or tweet me @rebdolgin.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Autism: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Prepare Your Health History

Should I Get Genetic Testing?