World Population Day

World Population Day, 2018

Today is World Population Day 2018; it’s an annual event observed on July 11, and was founded to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.”  The Population Clock shows the world population increases in real time-the last I looked it was: Continue reading “World Population Day, 2018”

rates of childlessness

A Long-Range Glance at Rates of Childlessness

Pew Research Center has some hot off the press fertility statistics. In addition to figures relating to motherhood postponement and average numbers of children, the data include “rates of childlessness” from many countries. The reported numbers inspired me to review statistics from the past to get a feel for more of a longer range picture. Continue reading “A Long-Range Glance at Rates of Childlessness”

To Baby or Not to Baby

Advice on the “To Baby or Not to Baby” Question

A recent “Ask Polly” on The Cut shocked me.  A woman writes in with the question, “Should I have a baby?” and even though Polly assures readers the “column is not a parody,” I admit I read the response more than once to be sure her advice actually seemed serious.  Continue reading “Advice on the “To Baby or Not to Baby” Question”

maternal instinct

On the Myth of Maternal Instinct

In my 2017 childfree trending piece, I discuss how in recent years we’ve been seeing more talk about pronatalism. Some articles use the word directly, some not. An excellent feature article that appeared on money.good.is magazine last fall by Mike Mariani gives us a great example of the latter. Continue reading “On the Myth of Maternal Instinct”

childless and childfree

Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women

We see a lot of pieces out there with titles including “X number of things” to do/not to do or say/not to say regarding childless and childfree people, but a piece by Helene Tragos Stelian is one of the smartest I have seen in a while. Continue reading “Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women”