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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”

What the Childfree Like Most and Least About the Christmas Holiday

On my blog, La Vie Childfree, for awhile I did a monthly “Childfree On-the-Ground” question. At the beginning of the month, I asked a question, collected people’s responses over the course of the month, and then reported back on what people said at the end of the month.  Here is one “OTG” question Continue reading “What the Childfree Like Most and Least About the Christmas Holiday”

Motherhood and Choice

Amrita Nandy, Ph.D.

Pronatalism at Work in India: Amrita Nandy on the Fear of Life Without Children

 A few months ago I did a Q&A with New Delhi-based researcher, activist and journalist Amrita Nandy on her paper, “Outliers of Motherhood.”  A few days ago she had a great piece post in The Wire – so good, with her permission, here it is: Continue reading “Pronatalism at Work in India: Amrita Nandy on the Fear of Life Without Children”

The Baby Matrix

Sociologist C. Wright Mills

The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: An Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D.

Last year I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with sociologist and criminologist, Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. (left), who was doing a study on childfree black women. I recently had another chance to talk with her. She is an Assistant Professor at Salem College, and is currently teaching a sociology course using The Baby Matrix as part of the curriculum. Here’s the Q&A: Continue reading “The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: An Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D.”

Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Ashleigh From Australia Talks The Baby Matrix

Meet Ashleigh from Australia. She recently read my book, The Baby Matrix, and I just have to share her review and experience titled, “Parenting as a Path to Fulfillment or an Assumption?”

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Laura Carroll, The Baby Matrix

Tell Your Story and Get a Free Copy of The Baby Matrix!

I have recently had the pleasure of being contacted by the founder of a new blog, Childfree Indian, who gets the many negative impacts pronatalism has on our world.

To kick off the blog discussions, there is a cool offer-tell your story of being pressured to have kids and you get a free copy of my book! The stories have started to come in; meanwhile, a few words about nipping this kind of pressure in the bud. Continue reading “Tell Your Story and Get a Free Copy of The Baby Matrix!”

childfree poll

Chewing on Poll Results: Acceptance of the Childfree Choice

I’ve been tracking the childfree choice since the late 1990’s, and at the end of 2012 I posted a short poll to take an informal pulse on people’s views of its acceptance in today’s society. Thanks again to all of those who weighed in! Here is what I asked, and a few thoughts on the results. Continue reading “Chewing on Poll Results: Acceptance of the Childfree Choice”

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”