I was pleased to recently see an interview study conducted by sociologist Amy Blackstone and Mahala Dyer Stewart. Amy and I have worked together on International Childfree Day and have been involved with the NotMom Summit. She and Dyer Stewart interviewed 21 women and 10 men on the reasons they chose not to have children. What […]
by Laura Carroll & Marcia Drut-Davis It’s official – With Marcia Drut-Davis, author of Confessions of a Childfree Woman, in her 70s and me in my 50s, we’re childfree elders. Childfree crones. We’ve been working toward societal acceptance of having no children by choice for quite some time now. With Marcia, it goes back to […]
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:
I have followed the work of journalist and author Peggy Orenstein over the years, and learned a lot from her, particularly her books, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Schoolgirls. Her latest, Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape is no exception.
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? […]
A first-ever conference is happening this Friday and Saturday: The Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site The Not Mom, it is the first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance will gather for presentations, discussions, and connection. I am excited to be part of it!
As someone who has been tracking the childfree choice since the late 1990s, when new books on this topic come out I read them with great interest. One of the latest is writer Meghan Daum’s Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to have Kids. Meghan sent me an advance copy of this […]
I recently had the pleasure of asking Planned UnParenthood author Dann Alexander a few questions about himself and his book. There are a lot of books out there now about the childfree choice, but not many address the topic from a childfree man’s perspective. In Families of Two, we get real talk from childfree guys who […]
There’s nothing like a great true story. Sooner or later we all have one that may sound unbelievable, but it’s true. Tracing old steps in the Northwest recently sure brought one to mind from my life. It starts with a little cabin on the Sandy River at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon.
As many of you may know, my book, Families of Two, Interviews with Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice, came out in 2000 and received international attention. This coupled with my blog, La Vie Childfree (which now lives here in my childfree writings library) and media presence since then, I’ve become a leading voice on the […]