baby matrix

Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?

I recently had the opportunity to talk about The Baby Matrix with Catherine Savini and Beverly Army Williams of MotherShould?, a site for those who are or have been on the fence about motherhood. Check out the  interview: Continue reading “Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?”

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Childfree: Treats to Trick-or-Treaters?

I sure remember loving Halloween when I was a kid. I loved figuring out my costume and carving a scary pumpkin. I had no clue of the roots of this holiday, and I bet that’s the case for most kids today. Of course I loved being able to run around the neighborhood with friends, stopping at every house to add to a growing bag of candy. It was rare  for a house to be dark – as in no one was home – so we would not ring the front door bell, and yell “trick or treat!” there. Continue reading “Childfree: Treats to Trick-or-Treaters?”

single people

Chewing on Myths Single People Face

Reading the recent article, “The New Science of Single People” published on nymag.com’s Science of Us got me thinking about what lifelong single people have in common with the childfree: it revolves around being subject to myths. In her informative piece, Jesse Singal discusses “common cultural scripts” about marriage versus staying single. Cultural and social ‘scripts’ pertain to the childfree choice as well. Continue reading “Chewing on Myths Single People Face”

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The Childfree, Cultural Identity and Intracultural Diversity

A Guest Post by Kimya Dennis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Salem College

A recent “What Would a Feminist Do?” podcast featured Meghan Daum and Danielle Henderson. They shared their perspectives, experiences and writings regarding the childfree—people who choose not to have biological and adopted children. I found the podcast interesting and greatly appreciated it. It is common for people to say choosing not to have children is an irrelevant topic, that it is no one’s business and, therefore, it is silly to have research, internet-based articles and overall discourse on being childfree. Continue reading “The Childfree, Cultural Identity and Intracultural Diversity”

adults without children

Expanding Public Libraries’ Marketing Reach to Adults Without Children

I was recently contacted by Tatiana Weinstein, Assistant Director/Director of Adult Services in the Lisle, IL Library District, about an August feature article she published in the national magazine, Public Libraries Online. She speaks to her colleagues on an excellent topic: the need to widen libraries’ marketing reach to adults without children. With her permission, I have cross posted it here: Continue reading “Expanding Public Libraries’ Marketing Reach to Adults Without Children”

population engineering

Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering

Michael Cook has an interesting article on bioedge.org: “Let’s fight climate change with population engineering.” Yes – “population“engineering.” What is it? Check it out. Continue reading “Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering”

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”