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Tanya Selvaratnam

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Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Long Beach, CA, Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning filmmaker based in New York City and Portland, Oregon. She is the author of The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock and Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, CNN, McSweeneys, and Glamour among others. She has worked with the Ms. Foundation, NGO Forum on Women, Third Wave Fund, The DO School, and World Health Organization. As a producer, Tanya has collaborated with Glamour Women of the Year, Planned Parenthood, Aubin Pictures, and the Vision & Justice Project (Harvard University). With Laurie Anderson and Laura ...more

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Tanya Selvaratnam I'm getting ready for the 2021 release of Assume Nothing: A Memoir of Intimate Violence. Please visit this link for more information: …moreI'm getting ready for the 2021 release of Assume Nothing: A Memoir of Intimate Violence. Please visit this link for more information: https://www.tanyaturnsup.com/projects.... The incredible Virginia Heffernan wrote about it for the Los Angeles Times: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story... (less)
Tanya Selvaratnam I got the idea after my third miscarriage in fall 2011. At the age of thirty-seven, after my first miscarriage, my doctor consoled me saying, You have…moreI got the idea after my third miscarriage in fall 2011. At the age of thirty-seven, after my first miscarriage, my doctor consoled me saying, “You have time.” As I was recovering from a third miscarriage when I was forty, my doctor said, “The biggest factor is going to be your age.” I wondered, How do we define time? Less than three years had passed. I decided to write the book I felt I needed then with the hope that it would help others.

The book started from the foundation of exploring the phenomenon of delayed motherhood, which I believe is one of the defining trends of our time, a radical shift between my generation and the generations before. In 1970, one in 100 births were to women thirty-five and over. In 2006, it was one in twelve. Meanwhile, the number of women ages forty to forty-four who remain childless, either by choice or circumstance, has doubled in a generation: in 1976, it was one in ten; by 2006, it was one in five.

Having been through my experiences, I want to make sure that other women are better prepared. I want them to have fertility facts at their fingertips and to think about their future fertility before it’s too late. I want women to know there are many ways to become a mother, and also that there are many ways to find fulfillment aside from being a mother. I want women to think carefully about why they should or shouldn’t pursue motherhood. I want them to be supported more in that pursuit by their partners, families, communities, doctors, insurance providers, and governments.
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