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

Last fall, I posted my interview with Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, and using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. Now that the course is over, I asked her a few more questions about her experience of teaching this course. Here is part II of the interview: Continue reading “The Baby Matrix in College Coursework: Interview with Kimya Dennis, Ph.D. Part II”

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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.”

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Overpopulation: Check out this Excellent Documentary in the Making

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for the upcoming documentary by Anchored Minds Productions: Sense & Sustainability. Written and directed by Michael and Amanda Connolly, this is going to be one great film about overpopulation. Here is the synopsis: Continue reading “Overpopulation: Check out this Excellent Documentary in the Making”

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Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?

Laura Carroll, LiveTrue BooksI recently made the acquaintance of population expert Kurt Dahl.  He has written an interesting essay about Dan Brown’s book, Inferno. While a novel, it deals with the very real issue of overpopulation. In the book Brown has an “antagonist execute a specific solution to the overpopulation problem, but what Dahl wanted to know was if anyone had done a critical analysis this solution – in reality, would it work? Here is his essay and what he found out. Continue reading “Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?”

Why We Don’t Talk About the Ethics of Reproduction

Christine Overall, a philosophy professor at Queen’s University, Ontario, has a book out called  Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate. In an interview on WBEZ, she talked about why she wrote this book – because it’s something people just don’t talk about. Why don’t people talk about the ethics of having children? It starts with what’s at the heart of the baby matrix in our society: Continue reading “Why We Don’t Talk About the Ethics of Reproduction”

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Reproductive Injustice in the Doctor’s Office

Pronatalism is all around us…and in the doctor’s office.  Many women who seek sterilization face doctors who are unwilling to do the procedure, whether it be a tubal ligation or essure. Why do docs create roadblocks to sterilization? Here are three reasons – Continue reading “Reproductive Injustice in the Doctor’s Office”

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A Review of The Baby Matrix: “Why the Idea of Pronatalism is a Dangerous One”

I come from a rather large family – some of my recent ancestors having as many as eighteen children, but just because I grew up with two siblings, tons of cousins, and a plethora of branches on my family tree does not mean that I am obligated to “go forth and multiply”. Do not get me wrong, I love children, however, I do not currently desire to reproduce due to my career, and the fact that there are plenty of adoptable children who need homes and families. That said, I was very interested when I got the chance to read The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll because… Continue reading “A Review of The Baby Matrix: “Why the Idea of Pronatalism is a Dangerous One””

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Talking About The Baby Matrix and More With Blogcritics Books, WorldNews Network and Seattlepi

Here is a recent interview that appeared on the online magazine, Blogcritics Books, WorldNews Network and Seattlepi.  I talk about The Baby Matrix of course, and I answer some interesting questions about unsung authors, who I’d love to interview, and things people might be surprised to know about me – and more! Continue reading “Talking About The Baby Matrix and More With Blogcritics Books, WorldNews Network and Seattlepi”

Challenging the Pronatalist Offspring Assumption

It has been 20 years since the first Earth Summit in Rio, and the next one, the Rio+20 Conference, is about to occur, June 22-24.  Government delegates from all over the world will be talking about findings from an analysis done by a group of international scientists that just came out.  But the findings deserve all of our attention. The scientists report that the Earth is in a “critical transition,” and reaching a “tipping point”  when it comes to irreversible destruction of the global environment.

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Pronatalism’s Influence on the Motherhood Decision

In The Baby Matrix, I talk about about how pronatalism is all around us.  Here’s an example that has to do with a woman who is struggling with her uncertainly about becoming a mother. In an article by Nina Jacinto, “Loving So Much It Hurts: Why I’m Not Sure I Can Be a Mom” here is an excerpt of her feelings:

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