Kim Cattrall shares her insights on subjects important to women who are in their late 50’s as a guest editor on Woman’s Hour Takeover specials on BBC Radio 4. Cattrall talks about ageing, being “childless” and the choices she made in her life like being single in her older years.
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The 59-year-old actress, who is well known for her role as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, opened up about her marriage life. She has been married three times and learned valuable lessons from it. Now that she lives without a partner or children, she admits that single life is rather hard for women her age. However, she added, “I feel in that area, romantically, retired.”
As for not having children, Cattrall sees the word “childless” as offensive.
“It’s the less that is offensive – childless – it sounds like you’re less because you haven’t had a child,” Cattrall observed.
She does not like the idea of becoming a “science experiment” in order to have children and then came to a point where she evaluated herself if she really wanted it now.
Although she has not had children of her own, she still considers herself a mother. “I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent,” she said, calling her nieces, nephews and the young actors she teaches her children.
She added that a woman can be a mother and express her maternal side in many ways. Cattrall says she helped her niece get through medical school and even provided emotional and moral support for her nephew who joined the army. “I feel I am a mother of sorts,” she said.
Cattrall believes that having few or no children is a positive choice that can help solve the issue of overpopulation which is one of the root causes of many social and environmental problems.