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The Childfree in Novels and Films: A Q&A with Author Gloria Bowman

I recently had the pleasure of asking author Gloria Bowman about her novel, Human Slices, which has a main female character who is childfree. We also got into the childfree in novels and films. Check it out:
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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?”

Phasing Out Childfree Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy

If you’ve ever had an opportunity to watch ABC’s hit series, Grey’s Anatomy, there’s a strong chance you’re familiar with the leading lady’s intelligent, ambitious, and often tactless best friend, Dr. Cristina Yang.

In a role that has elevated Sandra Oh’s career to new heights, Yang not only represents one of few Asian-American regular characters to appear on primetime television, she is also one of very few to be outspoken and 100% committed to her choice to live childfree. Continue reading “Phasing Out Childfree Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy”

On the Childfree Making the Cover of TIME

So last Thursday was a big day. The latest issue of Time magazine debuted (the Aug. 12 edition) the cover title, “The Childfree Life,” and “None is Enough,” as the issue’s feature article. On the same day, International Childfree Day, the winners of the 2013 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year were also announced.

As someone who has researched and written two books on childfree related topics, written about it online for quite some time now, and talked with thousands of childfree all over the world, it was hard not to have a peeve or two with the article…OK three…

The third led to this nod to some great childfree voices who helped pave the way for this kind of Time cover. Continue reading “On the Childfree Making the Cover of TIME”

Taking Part in NPRs Tell Me More’s Segment – Not Having Kids Bad For the Economy?

Please check out the segment, “Not Having Kids Bad for the Economy?” on the NPR show Tell Me More I was part of this week. Host Michel Martin had read the recent piece by Harry Siegel and Joel Kotkin on thedailybeast, “Where Have All the Babies Gone,” and was interested in talking more about it as well as the childfree choice, which the piece focused on as a less than positive effect on current demographic trends. Here’s a few post show thoughts: Continue reading “Taking Part in NPRs Tell Me More’s Segment – Not Having Kids Bad For the Economy?”

David Brooks and Outmoded Thinking About Singles and the Childfree

First, let me say I am a fan of David Brooks’ political commentary. But I can’t always say this about his thinking on sociological issues. Take his recent op-ed, “The Age of Possibility” in The New York Times.  You’ll see that he needs to expand his thinking about people who don’t have kids …and singles as well. Continue reading “David Brooks and Outmoded Thinking About Singles and the Childfree”

Why How to “Have It All” Advice Comes Up Short

How women can achieve work-life balance and “have it all” remains a hot topic, and some high powered women have lots to say about it. Take Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sheryl Sandberg.  Named Forbes magazine 5th most powerful woman in the world and Fortune‘s 12th most powerful women in business, she believes a key to having it all “starts with Continue reading “Why How to “Have It All” Advice Comes Up Short”

Being Told You’ll Change Your Mind -Let’s Put it to Rest!

Slate recently asked to hear from the childfree who are happy, and they have been posting on what they’ve received. “Combing through the nearly 300 submissions”, one of the posts talked about how “a constant refrain jumps out: People with kids do not believe people without kids when they say they will never have kids.” I want to put this notion to rest, but before I do… Continue reading “Being Told You’ll Change Your Mind -Let’s Put it to Rest!”

One of the Greatest War Correspondents of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn

In theme with Memorial Day, USA Today highlighted a new HBO movie, Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen as Hemingway, and Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s his third wife. Gellhorn had an amazing life.  As Nicole Kidman says, “Her main thrust as a woman was not as a mother or a wife. It was as…  Continue reading “One of the Greatest War Correspondents of the 20th Century: Martha Gellhorn”