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:

Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice

Families of Two: Interviews with Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice, (2000)  takes us into the lives of the growing number of couples who are choosing not to have children, and dispels the myths commonly associated with this choice. Families of Two provides insight for couples who are deciding whether to have children, and to friends […]

Are Families of Two a Family? Where Americans Stand

Sociology researcher Brian Powell has done some very interesting research about how today’s Americans define family.  Results in the book Counted Out  examine how men and women of different ages, races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds view what constitutes a “family” and what doesn’t. It looks at married and unmarried couples, heterosexual and same-sex couples, and couples with kids and without.  On […]

What “Perfect” Family Research Leaves Out: Families of Two

Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have Kids, may think that because parenting can be easier than you think so you shouldn’t hesitate to keep having more kids, but…

Families of Two’s Couple Erin and Jeff a Decade Later

I recently reconnected with Erin and Jeff, one of the couples interviewed in Families of Two. They also appeared on The Early Show with me. At the time Families of Two came out, they had been married for 12 years–so now 22. They are both teachers. I asked them a few questions regarding their childfree status […]

Two Excellent Precursors to The Baby Matrix

Prior to The Baby Matrix, there are two other books worthy of mention that take on pronatalism. One is Conceiving the Future. It looks at how, during a formative period of our nation’s history, cultural currents converged to create a powerful environment of pronatalism. The other is Ellen Peck and Judith Senderowitz’s  book, Pronatalism: The […]

Talking About The Baby Matrix and More With Blogcritics Books, WorldNews Network and Seattlepi

Here is a recent interview that appeared on the online magazine, Blogcritics Books, WorldNews Network and Seattlepi.  I talk about The Baby Matrix of course, and I answer some interesting questions about unsung authors, who I’d love to interview, and things people might be surprised to know about me – and more!

The Childfree Wife

Shani Orgad, Associate Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has a recent interesting piece on theconversation.com. Titled “’Wifehood’ is not old-fashioned–here’s why it matters,” she discusses what wifehood means in today’s marriages, but focuses on the marital context that includes motherhood.  What is ‘wifehood’ or the role […]