Another lesson from the Mad Men episode I justed watched - George Washington was sterile (not a word I like using, but one that was frequently used to describe the infertile until the 1980's, and I'm guessing some old timers probabaly still use this terminology). I even checked the fact out, not that I don't fully believe the Mad Men scriptwriters. According to my heavy research on Google, by that I mean, scrolling through the first two pages of results from my search for "George Washington sterile" for 60 seconds, it seems to be true. It was even referred to in the ongoing Proposition 8 trial in California just last week.
So, it's possible the George and Martha, the founding couple of the United States, the ones who planted the seeds of democracy for our country, were infertile. I find that interestingly ironic. (Perhaps I should've saved this post for President's Day).
Anyway, we are not alone. There are more than 7 million women who can't conceive within 12 months in the U.S. each year and millions of others around the world who curse the start of their period each month, or cry into squares of toilet paper.
And, do we really believe that the outbreak of celebrity twins from a few years ago was just because there was more than star dust in their water?
Other than Celine Di0n (I was in her hotel room in NYC about a week after she was reportedly staying there and getting her fertility treatment, but that's another story), have any other famous or pseudo famous infertiles ever spoken out? Why is that?
I know it's a hard topic to discuss, especially publically, and especially by famous people who want everyone to believe that they are perfect, so I will chalk it up to that. Explains a lot about why I am so willing to openly discuss it. 1. I am not famous. 2. I am far from perfect, nor do I believe other people think I am.
Just something I was thinking about. Man, Mad Men gave me two posting ideas this week. Perhaps there are even more.