I want to say something about parenthood being constructed in our culture as the thing that allows one to enter adult society. Could I say parenthood is an entrance ticket to adult society? Would a native English speaker say that?
- Anybody can ask a question
- Anybody can answer
- The best answers are voted up and rise to the top
I'm not a native speaker - but
sounds ok to me.
Ticket is used metaphorically, but in a slightly different sense. Have a look at these examples:
In that sense, it means something analogue to Willy Wonka's golden ticket. A lucky find that brings something positive/profitable.
From what I understand from your question, you mean entrance quite literally, entering into adulthood in this specific case. Right?
What you have said doesn't sound silly to a native speaker, but I think something like
might sound better.
It sounds like you're trying to come up with a metaphor that suggests a transition into adulthood – something like a coming-of-age experience, only at the adult level.
You've proposed ticket. I don't mind ticket, although I think entrance ticket sounds awkward and redundant. But ticket on its own works just fine:
Besides ticket, you could also use doorway or gateway (as Alan proposed). Other words that might work include:
All of these can be used metaphorically, for example:
S O U R C E S