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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
There remains the popular stereotype that the childfree must not like kids, and because we choose not to raise children we don’t want them to play a role in our lives. This is just not true for so many people who don’t have kids by choice. As associate professor and sociology department chair at the University of Maine Amy Blackstone writes in her piece… Continue reading “On the Advantages the Childfree Have For Parents and Kids”
Here’s to March as Women’s History Month – As a way to honor it, I invite you to write in one (or more) of your favorite women from history who did not have children. She can be someone who was childless by circumstance or not, or a woman who was childfree-someone who consciously chose not to have children in eras where that was a bold choice.
Even if you don’t know how she came to have no children (I find not knowing exactly how many came to have no children is fairly common, at least from reading the history books), if she is one of your favorites, write in about her….let’s focus on great women from history whose lives did not include motherhood.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, and TIME‘s recent article, “What Choice? Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v Wade. They’ve been losing every since” makes some disturbing points. Here are a few stand outs: Continue reading “Roe v Wade at 40”
I’ve been tracking the childfree choice since the late 1990’s, and at the end of 2012 I posted a short poll to take an informal pulse on people’s views of its acceptance in today’s society. Thanks again to all of those who weighed in! Here is what I asked, and a few thoughts on the results. Continue reading “Chewing on Poll Results: Acceptance of the Childfree Choice”