Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 08, 2012 6:30 AM

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A different perspective

Here is my slightly transient but Midwestern perspective of Iowa.

 I grew up in Iowa and will always call it my home. I have been living in and out of Iowa for the past five years, in five different states, most recently attending college in New York City.

Throughout these past five years, my experience with my peers and their desire to have children could not have been more different than what was written in the Daily Iowan article "A West Coast perspective on Iowa" (May 7). 

From the ages of 10 to 18, I actively attended possibly the most conservative church in Iowa City, and even there I did not experience any kind of in-depth conversations about bearing children as was written. My experiences in Iowa have been so drastically different that when the subject has come up, most of my close female (Iowa native) friends have stated they do not want children. Especially anytime soon. None of them have any traditional ideas about marriage, sex, or children.

In fact, from rural Georgia to Detroit, I have never in my life had any detailed conversation about the prospect of children. To insinuate that the greatest desire for women in Midwest is to have children as soon as possible is insulting. Saying this is perpetuating a stereotype and moving backwards.

I have observed few differences between Iowans and the rest of the country — mostly that Iowans have a warmer, relaxed attitude and do not feel the need to drop names. In general, though, Iowans are as equally forward thinking and nontraditional as the average East Coaster, Southerner, or Northerner that I have ever met.

Sophia Metzler
Iowa City resident

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