Melanie Holmes has a new book out titled, The Female Assumption: A Mother’s Story: Freeing Women From the View that Motherhood is a Mandate. Like author Madelyn Cain, the author of The Childless Revolution, Melanie is a mother. While not using the word pronatalism directly, Holmes discusses common pronatalist assumptions, including what I call in The Baby Matrix the Destiny, Normality and Fulfillment assumptions in particular. She stresses how pronatalist assumptions are just that – assumptions, and why it is time for paradigm shifts. Continue reading “Taking on Pronatalist Myths: Author Moms Who Get It”
I recently had the pleasure of coming in contact with the head of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Organization for Non-Parents, a non-profit organization I’ve touted here before that existed in the 70s-early 80s. She has given me a lot more background on the organization’s great work. In The Baby Matrix, I examine the origins of pronatalism, its negative effects on society today, and discuss why it’s time to move to a post-pronatal society. The more we learn about the people behind NON, the more we see that they were trailblazing this mission. Continue reading “Trailblazers of a Post-Pronatal Society”
With Mother’s Day around the corner, this insightful piece from 2012 by writer Anne Lamott is sure worth the read. She explains why Mother’s Day “celebrates a huge lie about the value of women”: Continue reading “Writer Anne Lamott On Mother’s Day”
In 2010, New York Magazine writer Jennifer Senior’s feature article, “All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting” created quite the buzz. Now hot off the press is her book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood. In her recent interview with NPR’s Terri Gross, she talks about how our society came to idolize its children.
In case you have not seen it, Amy Glass’ post on Thought Catalog had the digital waves smoking this week. Her post, “I Look Down on Young Women With Husbands And Kids and I’m Not Sorry” got Chris Jeub going to the point where he took on the whole childfree movement with his post, “We Look Down on the Child Free Ideology and We’re Not Sorry.” Instead of joining the slew of responses picking apart both posts and comments that followed, let’s step back.
When you learn the story line of The Interview, a new play running in LA this month, you will know why it immediately interested me! It deals with what I call the pronatalist Right to Reproduce Assumption in my book, The Baby Matrix. Check out my interview with the playwright, Susan Josephs: Continue reading “Playwright Susan Josephs Talks About Her New Play, The Interview”
I recently received and want to share this book review for Why Have Kids? by La Vie Childfree follower Gabriela Maya Bernadett. Here it is: Continue reading “We’re More Alike Than We are Different: Book Review on Why Have Kids?”
Julia McQuillan, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist, recently conducted a survey of 1,200 American women, looking at the pressures they get to have children and the levels of distress they experience from not having children. The survey’s findings reinforce the influence of pronatalism in American culture, but also could it also point to a step toward a post-pronatal society? Continue reading “New Study Points to Cracks in Pronatalism’s Influence”
The October issue of Women’s Health Magazine has an article by Carrie Anton that takes a clever angle on what to expect from others in reaction to the childfree choice. It’s titled, “What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting.” I’d say to aptly reflect being childfree it should be… Continue reading “What to Expect When You’ll Never Be Expecting”