population engineering

Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering

Michael Cook has an interesting article on bioedge.org: “Let’s fight climate change with population engineering.” Yes – “population“engineering.” What is it? Check it out. Continue reading “Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering”

Motherhood and Choice

Amrita Nandy, Ph.D.

Pronatalism at Work in India: Amrita Nandy on the Fear of Life Without Children

 A few months ago I did a Q&A with New Delhi-based researcher, activist and journalist Amrita Nandy on her paper, “Outliers of Motherhood.”  A few days ago she had a great piece post in The Wire – so good, with her permission, here it is: Continue reading “Pronatalism at Work in India: Amrita Nandy on the Fear of Life Without Children”

Magenta Baribeau

Magenta Baribeau

Magenta Baribeau’s Childfree Documentary Wins Best Feature Film Award!

I am so happy to share this news! Canadian Filmmaker Magenta Baribeau, and the 2014 Childfree Woman of the Year, has won the 2016 Best Feature Film Award for her film, Maman? Non merci! (roughly translated as Being a mom? No thanks!) at the London Feminist Film Festival!  Here is an excerpt from an interview I did with Magenta in 2014 on her film: Continue reading “Magenta Baribeau’s Childfree Documentary Wins Best Feature Film Award!”

biocentrism

Captain Paul Watson

Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision

One of my new heroes is Captain Paul Watson, activist and founder of the Sea Sheperd Conservation Society. Reading his recent commentary, “Human Lives Are Not More Important Than Animal Lives” in Outdoor Journal and then shortly after finishing the book, Other than Mother set off swirls of contemplation.  Let me explain. Continue reading “Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision”

The Childfree

The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Latest Q&A with Professor Kimya Dennis

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, for the second time and was using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. As she did last year, Kimya graciously answered a few questions after the course was finished: Continue reading “The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Latest Q&A with Professor Kimya Dennis”

talking about childfree choice

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?”

childfree in china

A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix

I recently received an e-letter from someone in China (who wishes to remain anonymous) who read my books, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix. With permission to share it, here are candid thoughts and insightful commentary on being childfree in China and its reproductive culture: Continue reading “A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix”

pronatalist thinking

Getting Beyond Pronatalist Thinking in Our Later Years

In this Huffington Post piece, “Who Will Care for Us – the Aging, Childless and Single Population?” aging advocate Carol Marak writes, “Since adult children are the lifeblood of elder care, and I don’t have a child, it’s a concern for me.” Her comment brought to mind the pronatalist assumption I discuss in The Baby Matrix: “My children will be there for me when I am old.” How true is it?  Continue reading “Getting Beyond Pronatalist Thinking in Our Later Years”

cultural identity

The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. Part II

Last fall, I posted my interview with Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, and using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. Now that the course is over, I asked her a few more questions about her experience of teaching this course. Here is part II of the interview: Continue reading “The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. Part II”