Subliminal (-ish) childfree opinion in Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce”

I always hit pause on the DVR when there’s a letter, note, notecard, book page, anything written at all on the screen. I’m curious about two things: how it’s written (is real care taken, or is does it make just enough sense?), and what it says.

Today while watching Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (basically Sex and the City meets Californication, but without Californication‘s ridiculous sexism and gratuitous anal beads) I paused on a screen shot of a page from a book being written by the show’s protagonist, Abby McCarthy. What would she write in her book, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, I wondered. Continue reading “Subliminal (-ish) childfree opinion in Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce””

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Interview with “Childfree Voices” blog owner Julie

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 “Interview with “Childfree Voices” blog owner Julie”

7 things the childfree won’t usually tell you: a list

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 “7 things the childfree won’t usually tell you: a list”

Re: Kathleen Parker’s insulting WaPo column “Of pleasure and parenting”

Photo (c) Newsbusters.org
Photo (c) Newsbusters.org

Last year I was visiting my childhood friend, now a mother, when dinner time arrived. She squirted ketchup onto her daughter’s plate and then her son’s. And then mine. I looked at it.

She immediately recognized her mistake and laughed. She knew I could squirt my own ketchup, she said, but she was just so used to doing it… She apologized (still laughing) for overstepping her role as “mother” by inadvertently mothering me.

This is where many women, such as Kathleen Parker in her recent column “Of pleasure and parenthood,” fail miserably when they say things, as Parker did, like, “it’s hard to know for certain that one doesn’t want children. Many don’t, until they do.” Continue reading “Re: Kathleen Parker’s insulting WaPo column “Of pleasure and parenting””

A response to Sarah B. Weir’s reaction to the childfree TIME issue

The current issue of TIME magazine discusses people who choose not to have children.

Writes Yahoo! Shine writer (and mother) Beth Greenfield,

What does “having it all” mean? Not having kids, according to the latest sure-to-be-controversial issue of Time magazine.

I don’t know why it’s “sure-to-be-controversial,” since it’s not like childfree people want to poke people in the eyes with sharp sticks as part of their childfree lifestyle, but I guess it’s time to accept that one person’s decision to not have children will raise “controversy” hackles in others.

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“Before Midnight”: Possibly its first negative review, and I hate myself for it (SPOILERS THROUGHOUT)

Photo (c) SONY pictures (Note: this image has been highly and offensively re-touched by SONY to skinny-fy Delpy)
Photo (c) 2013 SONY Pictures (Note: this image has been highly and offensively re-touched by SONY to skinny-fy Delpy.)

Since watching a “Before Midnight” matinee two days ago (with, surprisingly, only one other person in the audience besides my husband and me), I’ve been bothered by it.

I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I wanted to like love it. I wanted to love it so bad that I’m actually troubled by the fact that I didn’t. (I’m also a bit intimidated by the fact that every single review I’ve read has been absolutely glowing.)

Continue reading ““Before Midnight”: Possibly its first negative review, and I hate myself for it (SPOILERS THROUGHOUT)”