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Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff

Author Alison Stewart began the development of Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff in a way that I love to approach book projects. Sparked by an experience in her life, she was left with questions she had a passion to answer. Show More Summary

Talking The Baby Matrix on Nina Steele’s Nonparents.com

Nina Steele, who runs nonparents.com, recently asked me to do a featured post on her site about The Baby Matrix.  Read it here as well: A Glimpse into The Baby Matrix In the last 15+ years, the question, “Is it OK to not want kids?” has been discussed and studied more than ever before. Show More Summary

Birth Rates Fall as Childfreedom Becomes Acceptable (Daily Express)

[In the UK] “increasing numbers are choosing not to have children at all, according to the Office for National Statistics… Childlessness, either by circumstance or choice, is also becoming increasingly common with 17 per cent of theShow More Summary

Busting Myths: This Time – Thanksgiving Myths

Discussing pronatalism as well as the childfree choice involves the busting of myths. What else has myths that surround it? The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Check it out: Thanksgiving Myths Vs. Facts Thanksgiving Myth: In 1621, the pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving, and and it was celebrated every year thereafter. Show More Summary

Childfree = Time to Do Other Things (Independent.ie)

Irish businesswoman Aileen Eglington, director of PR company, AE Consulting… refuses to be defined or diminished by the fact that she has no children…”I never wanted children,… I just didn’t want to do it. So many things can give you fulfillment. Show More Summary

Research on the Childfree in Australia

Zoë Krupka’s piece, “Childfree: why women who choose not to have kids are given such a hard time” on theconversation.com speaks to some interesting research on the childfree in Australia. Social Exclusion One study titled “Social Exclusion...Show More Summary

Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

The adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” is not always accurate, which I discovered when the mail arrived and I opened the package containing Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses. Immediately impressed withShow More Summary

An Atypical Chick, by Rhonny Dam

Review by Melanie Holmes When it comes to having children, An Atypical Chick: A Gay Man in a Woman’s Body Coming Out to Change Life As We Know It throws facts into the face of emotion and religion. Author Rhonny Dam has a lot to say, and her quick-witted flair relays pain in way that […] The post An Atypical Chick, by Rhonny Dam appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Childfree: Treats to Trick-or-Treaters?

I sure remember loving Halloween when I was a kid. I loved figuring out my costume and carving a scary pumpkin. I had no clue of the roots of this holiday, and I bet that’s the case for most kids today. Of course I loved being able to run around the neighborhood with friends, stopping at […] The post Childfree: Treats to Trick-or-Treaters? appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Chewing on Myths Single People Face

Reading the recent article, “The New Science of Single People” published on nymag.com’s Science of Us got me thinking about what lifelong single people have in common with the childfree: it revolves around being subject to myths. In her informative piece, Jesse Singal discusses “common cultural scripts” about marriage versus staying single. Show More Summary

The Childfree, Cultural Identity and Intracultural Diversity

A Guest Post by Kimya Dennis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Salem College A recent “What Would a Feminist Do?” podcast featured Meghan Daum and Danielle Henderson. They shared their perspectives, experiences and writings regarding the childfree—people who choose not to have biological and adopted children. Show More Summary

To The End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care

Review by Melanie Davis The foster care system receives billions of dollars, yet after five years of dedicated research, author Chris Beam reveals how poorly this system is working.  To The End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care shines a focused light on one of the darkest corners of American culture. Show More Summary

Expanding Public Libraries’ Marketing Reach to Adults Without Children

I was recently contacted by Tatiana Weinstein, Assistant Director/Director of Adult Services in the Lisle, IL Library District, about a feature article she published in August on Public Libraries Online. She speaks to her colleagues on an excellent topic: the need to widen libraries’ marketing reach to adults without children. Show More Summary

Scholars Talk Pronatalism and Population Engineering

Michael Cook has an interesting article on bioedge.org: “Let’s fight climate change with population engineering.” Yes – “population“engineering.” What is it? Check it out. Population Engineering Cook summarizes the forthcoming article,”Population...Show More Summary

On The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism

In The Selfishness of Others, Kristen Dombek asks some real questions about the “narcissism epidemic.”  She wants to get to the bottom of how we got to a time when according to many health professionals, there are “more narcissists today...Show More Summary

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...Show More Summary

On the Book, For the Love of Eryk, by Rod McCall

In my book, The Baby Matrix, I talk about the many negative impacts we see from unfit parents. Melanie Davis of my book review team recently came to me with a book that deals with a particular type of abuse. It tells a disturbing tale...Show More Summary

Magenta Baribeau’s Childfree Documentary Wins Best Feature Film Award!

I am so happy to share this news! Canadian Filmmaker Magenta Baribeau, and the 2014 Childfree Woman of the Year, has won the 2016 Best Feature Film Award for her film, Maman? Non merci! (roughly translated as Being a mom? No thanks!)...Show More Summary

The Year 2000 & Now: Reasons Why People Decide to be Childfree

I was pleased to recently see an interview study conducted by sociologist Amy Blackstone and Mahala Dyer Stewart. Amy and I have worked together on International Childfree Day and have been involved with the NotMom Summit. She and Dyer Stewart interviewed 12 women and 10 men on the reasons they chose not to have children. Show More Summary

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

This book will hit your heart and mind, hard. Author Katy Butler has written a moving and informative memoir that will stick with you and inspire contemplation. In Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, we intimately...Show More Summary

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