The Childfree

Professor Kimya Dennis on her College Course, The Childfree

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, for the first time, and was using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. She is now in the midst of teaching this course for the second time, and graciously let me ask about how it is going. Check it out: Continue reading “Professor Kimya Dennis on her College Course, The Childfree”

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Orna Donath, Ph.D.

Israeli Scholar & Author Orna Donath Making Waves With her New Book

Sociologist and author Orna Donath is making waves in Europe with her new book, Regretting Motherhood. I have interviewed her here before about her research on motherhood and regret in Israel. She has now published a book on this topic. Check out the Q&A on her book and how it has been received in Europe: Continue reading “Israeli Scholar & Author Orna Donath Making Waves With her New Book”

The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The recent “Longevity Report” in TIME magazine may make us marvel at how scientists are “toying with ways to manipulate genes and pull out aging cells, all in a race to find a way to extend longevity to its outer limits.” On one level, medical technology that may just make it possible to live to be 142 years old is amazing. Continue reading “The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity”

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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”

Man Swarm

Announcing the Release of my Latest Book! Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World

When I was researching The Baby Matrix, I interviewed David Paxson, President of World Population Balance. We talked about how we thought the book, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife, was a great book on overpopulation. Originally written largely for conservationists, David and I really wanted to see the book reach a wider audience. We approached Dave Foreman about developing a 2nd edition to do just that. Today marks the fruit of our efforts! Continue reading “Announcing the Release of my Latest Book! Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World”

Telling It True About the Prison System

Part of what “live true” means in my LiveTrue Book collection includes works that can be described as “telling it true.”  I am reading a book right now titled, Super Friends by Whitney Holwadel, that does just that. It’s a moving story, and a hard look at our federal prison system. Continue reading “Telling It True About the Prison System”

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Ruminations on the Book, Baby Bust

According to the recently released book, Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family by Stewart Friedman, it summarizes a cross-generational study of college students that  produced a “stark discovery: the rate of graduates who plan to have children has dropped by nearly half over the past 20 years.”

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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”

Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research

As I discuss in The Baby Matrix, since the year 2000 more research has been conducted on those with no children than ever before. Studies have been conducted in many countries in a variety of areas. One area in which there has been a good deal of research involves one’s the elder years. Here are some interesting research highlights: Continue reading “Having No Children in Later Years: Highlights of Recent Research”