Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Trailblazers of a Post-Pronatal Society

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”

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue Books

New Book Looks at Modern Day Parenthood

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.

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Laura Carroll, childfree choice

Stepping Back on “Looking Down On” Rants

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.

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pronatalism, susan josephs

Playwright Susan Josephs Talks About Her New Play, The Interview

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”

Laura Carroll, Pronatalism

New Study Points to Cracks in Pronatalism’s Influence

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”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

What to Expect When You’ll Never Be Expecting

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”

Inequitable Work-Life Policies in the Workplace

There is a lot of talk these days about “work-family balance.” Promoting more parental leave, flex-time and telecommuting policies for working mothers and fathers does help support working parents’ ability to care for their new babies and children. However, there is a big problem with Continue reading “Inequitable Work-Life Policies in the Workplace”