Amrita Nandy

Amrita Nandy, Ph.D.

Pronatalism at Work in India: Amrita Nandy on the Fear of Life Without Children

 A few months ago I did a Q&A with New Delhi-based researcher, activist and journalist Amrita Nandy on her paper, “Outliers of Motherhood.”  A few days ago she had a great piece post in The Wire – so good, with her permission, here it is: Continue reading “Pronatalism at Work in India: Amrita Nandy on the Fear of Life Without Children”

Magenta Baribeau

Magenta Baribeau

Magenta Baribeau’s Childfree Documentary Wins Best Feature Film Award!

I am so happy to share this news! Canadian Filmmaker Magenta Baribeau, and the 2014 Childfree Woman of the Year, has won the 2016 Best Feature Film Award for her film, Maman? Non merci! (roughly translated as Being a mom? No thanks!) at the London Feminist Film Festival!  Here is an excerpt from an interview I did with Magenta in 2014 on her film: Continue reading “Magenta Baribeau’s Childfree Documentary Wins Best Feature Film Award!”

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The Year 2000 & Now: Reasons Why People Decide to be Childfree

I was pleased to recently see an interview study conducted by sociologist Amy Blackstone and Mahala Dyer Stewart. Amy and I have worked together on International Childfree Day and have been involved with the NotMom Summit. She and Dyer Stewart interviewed 12 women and 10 men on the reasons they chose not to have children. What they learned is similar to what I found from interviewing childfree couples for my book, Families of Two. Continue reading “The Year 2000 & Now: Reasons Why People Decide to be Childfree”

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The Childfree in Novels and Films: A Q&A with Author Gloria Bowman

I recently had the pleasure of asking author Gloria Bowman about her novel, Human Slices, which has a main female character who is childfree. We also got into the childfree in novels and films. Check it out:
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Childfree Crones

Marcia Drut-Davis

Childfree Crones on: Why International Childfree Day?

by Laura Carroll & Marcia Drut-Davis

It’s official – With Marcia Drut-Davis, author of Confessions of a Childfree Woman, in her 70s and me in my 50s, we’re childfree elders. Childfree crones. We’ve been working toward societal acceptance of having no children by choice for quite some time now. With Marcia, it goes back to 1974. Continue reading “Childfree Crones on: Why International Childfree Day?”

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Captain Paul Watson

Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision

One of my new heroes is Captain Paul Watson, activist and founder of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society. Reading his recent commentary, “Human Lives Are Not More Important Than Animal Lives” in Outdoor Journal and then shortly after finishing the book, Other than Mother set off swirls of contemplation.  Let me explain. Continue reading “Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision”