childfree movement

Moving Toward a True Childfree Movement

If you follow childfree news, you probably know that not only did filmmakers Maxine Trump and Therese Shechter hit their Kickstarter goals to finish their films about the childfree choice, they surpassed them with Stretch goals.  This is exciting news in a number of respects.  The biggest? I say it’s a sign of a swell toward a true childfree movement. Continue reading “Moving Toward a True Childfree Movement”

positive trends

Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends in 2016

At the beginning of 2016, I took stock of 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice. As we near the end of this year, I’d like to do the same just for this  past year, and this time widen the discussion a bit.  What positive trends have we seen this past year? Here are six: Continue reading “Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends in 2016”

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”

childfree in Australia

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.

Continue reading “Research on the Childfree in Australia”

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”

The Childfree

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”

Growing Research on the Childfree in India

As an author on the childfree choice, I am always keeping the pulse on international trends. Awhile back I posted on the growing numbers of childfree in India. It seems research in this area is growing in this country as well. Most recently, a research scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai who is looking for research participants contacted me. Continue reading “Growing Research on the Childfree in India”

Families of Two

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 the kid/no kid front, of course my opinion is inherent in the title of my book, Families of Two!  And the childfree agree. But what does the general population think? Continue reading “Are Families of Two a Family? Where Americans Stand”