A few weeks ago I received an email from someone whose marriage is great – they’re in love, get along well with their spouse, everything is good – but the spouse has recently decided they want a child. Continue reading
Lilit Marcus’ Mother’s Day article in the Guardian, Just because I love my mother doesn’t mean I have to become one myself, responds to the assumption some people have that women who don’t want children must have had a psychologically or emotionally damaging upbringing. Unfortunately, she responds in a way that ultimately harms rather than helps.
She begins powerfully (but it doesn’t last), addressing what is arguably one of the more obnoxious angles those who think everyone should have children take against those who don’t want them:
I’m seeing a lot of questions in my stats, recently, that resemble this: “If he doesn’t want kids and I do, should we have them/should I trick him into having them, anyway?” Continue reading
I began reading the blog “The Hiking Humanist” some time ago, and I was recently alerted by another childfree person, Dann Alexander (author of Planned UnParenthood Creating A Life Without Procreating), to the owner, Julie’s, new website Childfree Voices.
Her posts are a high-energy combination of funny, insightful, at times (seemingly) annoyed, and brilliant, and so naturally I wanted to interview her. Continue reading
There’s been list after list (after list) compiled about the childfree. What not to tell us, things we hate, untruths about us, silly things people say to us, and truths about us. All great lists, but I think there’s room for one more. This list is called, as you might have gleaned from the post title, “7 things the childfree usually won’t tell you.”
We won’t tell you these things because they’ll either 1) create conflict or 2) ruin our image as STAUNCHLY CHILDFREE FOREVER!!!11! Continue reading
To help the Fisher House (rather, the families they’re helping), I’m selling all of the copies of the signing & giveaway left-overs I have lying around my house that are of no use to anyone and that are cluttering up the place. I’m sending the Fisher House 100% of the proceeds. If you buy a (signed) book, you’re essentially donating to the Fisher House and getting a gift in return. Think of it as lower-scale NPR donation drives (and less annoying, because this is the only post I’ll write – but I hope you share it! – and, of course, pick a book for yourself).
Author Kathleen M. Rodgers was inspired recently by a few of the TV interviews I’ve done to ask some questions of her own, and they’re good ones. Come on over and join the conversation taking place in the comments.
Thank you for having me on, NBC Connecticut (specifically Shirley Chan).
The following comments were posted on the website Real Clear Religion in response to the site’s post “The Very Sad Childfree Life” by Father Robert Barron. I thought I’d copy and paste the comments here, along with my responses, so they’re all in one place for those who have similar objections or misconceptions about the childfree (and, in some cases, parents).
1. “GardnGirl” said:
I hate to put it this way but what’s the use of putting up with a man if you don’t have children to show for it? Continue reading