The Center for Biological Diversity is hosting a 2022-2023 campus film tour about reproductive freedom, gender equity and environmental justice. The featured documentary is My So-Called Selfish Life, directed by Therese Shechter. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with environmental and reproductive experts and advocates.


Film Synopsis:
My So-Called Selfish Life is a paradigm-shifting documentary about one of our greatest social taboos: choosing not to become a mother. It’s assumed all women want children, and it’s unimaginable that a woman might make the choice not to become a mother.

Award-winning filmmaker and speaker Therese Shechter (How to Lose Your Virginity, I Was a Teenage Feminist) deploys her characteristic irreverence to confront the entrenched assumption that motherhood is a biological imperative — and the defining measure of womanhood.

Titled after one of the myths it challenges, this entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking film draws upon a heady mix of culture, science, and history — revealing the rich and diverse lives of people who said no to children, and the forces that have marginalized them in society. My So-Called Selfish Life poses timely questions about the cultural narratives that shape our identities, and asks: who’s really in control of women’s bodies and lives?


My So-Called Selfish Life


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