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Attitudes About Not Having Children: A Recent YouGov Poll

On the heels of Serena William’s comment that when she gives birth, she will “be a real woman now,” YouGov, a non-partisan public opinion poll organization, conducted a poll with some interesting results that relate to the childfree, and others who decide not to have children. When I read the poll summary in YouGov’s piece titled, “Most Americans believe that motherhood does not define a woman,” I definitely wanted to know more. Continue reading “Attitudes About Not Having Children: A Recent YouGov Poll”

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Celebrating ChildFreedom on the Fourth of July

On the fourth of July, the United States celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which to date, happened 241 years ago. Two days before, on July 2, 1776, the Congress for the thirteen colonies voted to declare freedom from British rule. And freedom remains a deeply held value to Americans today. In America and around the world, many  childfree people greatly value the experience of freedom as well.

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The Childfree, Outrage, and Where It Belongs

A recent study, “Parenthood as a Moral Imperative? Moral Outrage and the Stigmatization of Voluntarily Childfree Women and Men” by Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, has recently received quite a bit of online ink. Continue reading “The Childfree, Outrage, and Where It Belongs”

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Research on the Childfree in Australia

Zoë Krupka’s piece, “Childfree: why women who choose not to have kids are given such a hard time” on theconversation.com speaks to some interesting research on the childfree in Australia.

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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”

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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 21 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 Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil

I recently found historian Rachel Chrastil’s site, Childless, Childfree: News, Research & the Arts. On this site, she “reports on childlessness in the news, research about childlessness, and portrayals of childlessness in the arts–past, present, and future.” I was curious to know more about her and her research on the childless and childfree in history. Continue reading “The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil”

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Professor Kimya Dennis on her College Course, The Childfree

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, for the first time, and was using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. She is now in the midst of teaching this course for the second time, and graciously let me ask about how it is going. Check it out: Continue reading “Professor Kimya Dennis on her College Course, The Childfree”