childfree women

The Most Common Perceptions of Childfree Women in Africa and the UK

I recently asked Nina Steele, who is from West Africa, now lives in the UK, and runs nonparents.com, to write about her experience of what people think of childfree women in these two countries. Here is what Nina wrote: Continue reading “The Most Common Perceptions of Childfree Women in Africa and the UK”

cultural identity

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”

Terry Gross

Terry Gross

Terry Gross’ Interview on Not Having Kids

Recently one of my favorite interviewers – and a childfree one at that – was interviewed on the podcast, The Longest Shortest Time. Check out this interview with Terry Gross,  the host and co-executive producer of the radio show, Fresh Air:

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not mom summit

The 2nd Not Mom Summit: Rescheduled

The next Not Mom Summit has been rescheduled to Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017.  These Summits bring together “women without children regardless of cause,” and give voice to the many roads that lead women not to become mothers. I invite you to be part of it! Here is a quick recap of the last Summit in October 2015:

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talking about childfree choice

Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

As 2015 came to a close, it marked another year of talking about the childfree choice  Let’s take stock. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this choice in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades. Where are we after 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice? Let’s start with a quick broad stroke look back in time: Continue reading “Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?”

childfree in china

A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix

I recently received an e-letter from someone in China (who wishes to remain anonymous) who read my books, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix. With permission to share it, here are candid thoughts and insightful commentary on being childfree in China and its reproductive culture: Continue reading “A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix”

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Melanie Notkin

Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit

This month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Not Mom Summit. Over 100 women without children by choice, chance and circumstance gathered for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and socializing. Of the many wonderful things that happened during this conference, I was struck by three things in particular: Continue reading “Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit”