human slices

The Childfree in Novels and Films: A Q&A with Author Gloria Bowman

I recently had the pleasure of asking author Gloria Bowman about her novel, Human Slices, which has a main female character who is childfree. We also got into the childfree in novels and films. Check it out:
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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?”

not mom summit

The 1st Conference of its Kind: The Not Mom Summit 2015

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!

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Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Q & A with the Author of the Book, Planned UnParenthood

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 were interviewed, but with Planned UnParenthood, Dann is the author; he might just be the only guy who has written a book on this topic! So here’s Dann –  Continue reading “Q & A with the Author of the Book, Planned UnParenthood”

Laura Carroll, childfree

The New Book, Famous – But No Children

In author J.O. Raber’s words, Famous – But No Children “is about people who have made an important difference because they were more oriented toward making that difference than toward living the conventional life of rearing children. This is not to say that people with children have never made a difference; however, the accomplishments of many of history’s great men and women were often the consequence of their non-conventionality and their non-procreation.” Continue reading “The New Book, Famous – But No Children”

Laura Carroll, Childfree

Karen Malone Wright, TheNotMom

My Interview at TheNotMom

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the awesome women at TheNotMom. President and Executive Editor Karen Malone Wright (pictured) started her website in 2011 that “embraces all women without children, including their diverse life stories about ‘how’ and ‘why.’ ” Here’s some of my story: Continue reading “My Interview at TheNotMom”

Pronatalism, textbooks

Attitudes & Perceptions of the Childfree Choice in Textbooks

In the last decade, there has been interesting research examining attitudes and perceptions of the childfree based on how they are portrayed in educational environments. Researchers Laurie Chancey and Susan Dumais at Louisiana State University did a content analysis on college textbooks and were the first to look at how sociology textbooks portray the “voluntary childless” (this is the term most often used in the textbooks in this study). Here’s some scoop on the research: Continue reading “Attitudes & Perceptions of the Childfree Choice in Textbooks”

Using Humor to Squelch, Not Reinforce Childfree Stereotypes

When I first saw the title of Jen Kirkman’s new book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, I sighed. On the upside, I loved the idea that there was a new book out by a great female comedian who was childfree. Following the childfree for over a decade now and being committed to increasing its acceptance in society, I’ve seen coming in through the door of humor to be a great way to increase awareness and educate about the childfree choice. Why did I sigh? Continue reading “Using Humor to Squelch, Not Reinforce Childfree Stereotypes”