Reframing Role of Motherhood

From Sacrifice to Privilege: Reframing the Role of Motherhood

The title of the recent opinion piece in the New York Times Sunday Review, “Motherhood Isn’t Sacrifice, It’s Selfishness” sure caught my eye. Was Karen Rinaldi going to get into pronatalism? Sort of… Continue reading “From Sacrifice to Privilege: Reframing the Role of Motherhood”

birth control

One of the Many Negative Effects of Pronatalism & One Woman’s Solution

Have you heard of the non-profit organization, Project Prevention? Led by founder Barbara Harris, Project Prevention helps addicts and alcoholics get on long term or permanent birth control. Why? So they don’t conceive children. Continue reading “One of the Many Negative Effects of Pronatalism & One Woman’s Solution”

film

Film & Its Power to Influence Social & Cultural Change

In the last few years, we’ve seen documentaries about the childfree choice come out and more in production. Take Laura Scott’s film, The Childless by Choice Project and Magenta Baribeau’s Maman? Non merci! (No Kids For Me, Thanks!). These films include interviews with childfree men, women, couples, and experts speaking to aspects of this choice, and society’s trouble accepting it.  Filmmaker Maxine Trump is well into production of her documentary, To Kid or Not to Kid, and is taking a different approach. Continue reading “Film & Its Power to Influence Social & Cultural Change”

Rebecca Solnit

Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit

The incisive essay, “The Mother of All Questions,” by writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit, left me reflecting back on times when I was asked questions that caught me off guard, were offensive, or merely unfriendly, and how I would have more wisely answered them if I had another chance to respond. Continue reading “Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit”

Dave Foreman

Dave Foreman

Trumping the Wild? Dave Foreman’s Take

As many of you may recall, I collaborated with Dave Foreman, one of North America’s leading conservationists, on my last book, the 2nd edition of Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World.  With the election of Donald Trump, and the impending evisceration of the EPA, Dave gives us some sage commentary. Here is a cross-posted excerpt: Continue reading “Trumping the Wild? Dave Foreman’s Take”

having children

Love & Marriage in America: Where Does Having Children Stand?

Pew Research Center’s FactTank: News in the Numbers recently published, “5 facts on love and marriage in America.” There are some interesting figures. The first fact has to do with the top reason Americans say they marry. Where does having children rank? Check it out. Continue reading “Love & Marriage in America: Where Does Having Children Stand?”

International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! This Day has an interesting and powerful history.  I like wikipedia’s description, as overall, it is a day that “commemorates the movement for women’s rights.”

Today, I am inspired to post this short film that is adapted from the upcoming film, [M] otherhood, by SUICAfilms. Continue reading “Happy International Women’s Day”

motherhood regret

Pronatalism’s Impact on Motherhood Regret

A recent article in the Life/Parent section of The Toronto Star took on a topic we’ve been seeing more of these days: motherhood regret. This article, “Mothers not alone in regret over having children” speaks to one of the most central pronatalist myths that all too often drives women to have children. Continue reading “Pronatalism’s Impact on Motherhood Regret”