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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 “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

Q&A with Crystal Money, the 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year

Want to learn more about Crystal Money, the 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year? She was kind enough to do this Q&A: Can you tell us about your work with the Siegel Institute for Leadership and the annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference?Show More Summary

Jennifer Aniston, Chinmayee Manjunath and the Baby Matrix

I predict you have seen Jennifer Aniston’s recent piece, “For the Record.” It coupled with Chinmayee Manjunath’s, “Why Motherhood is Choice I Decided not to Make” deserve discussion.  Getting Beyond Being Fed Up Jennifer Aniston’s had it with all the pregnancy rumors and more. Show More Summary

The 2016 Childfree Man and Woman of the Year

Each year on International Childfree Day (today!), the winners of the Childfree Man and Woman of the Year are announced. Here are this year’s winners and their nomination submissions. Ladies first: 2016 Childfree Woman of the Year Nomination...Show More Summary

On the Novel, Human Slices, by Gloria Bowman

Shortly after my Q&A with author Gloria Bowman, her novel, Human Slices finally made it to the top of my reading stack. But if you follow my Book Review Corner, my stack is all nonfiction, right? There are exceptions, to be sure. Human...Show More Summary

The Nominations for 2016 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year are In!

The nominations for 2016 Childfree Man and Woman of the Year have gone to the Selection Panel. Winners will be announced on August 1, International Childfree Day! Meanwhile, want to know about past winners? Check them out Here! The post The Nominations for 2016 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year are In! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

The Childfree in Novels and Films: A Q&A with Author Gloria Bowman

I recently had the pleasure of asking author Gloria Bowman about her novel, Human Slices, which has a main female character who is childfree. We also got into the childfree in novels and films. Check it out: Q&A with Gloria Bowman What...Show More Summary

Childfree Crones on: Why International Childfree Day?

by Laura Carroll & Marcia Drut-Davis It’s official – With Marcia Drut-Davis, author of Confessions of a Childfree Woman, in her 70s and me in my 50s, we’re childfree elders. Childfree crones. We’ve been working toward societal acceptance of having no children by choice for quite some time now. Show More Summary

Biocentrism, Buddhism, and the Parenthood Decision

One of my new heroes is Captain Paul Watson, activist and founder of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society. Reading his recent commentary, “Human Lives Are Not More Important Than Animal Lives” in Outdoor Journal and then shortly after finishing the book, Other than Mother set off swirls of contemplation. Show More Summary

Around the Corner: Nominations for the 2016 Childfree Man & Woman of the Year

We are coming up on an exciting time of the year – Nominating and celebrating the winners of the annual Childfree Man and Woman of the Year award! The winners will be announced on August 1, International Childfree Day. How did this start? Check it out. Show More Summary

Professor Kimya Dennis on Year 2 of her Course, The Childfree

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimya Dennis, Assistant Professor at Salem College, who was teaching the sociology course, The Childfree, for the second time and was using my book, The Baby Matrix, as part of the curriculum. Show More Summary

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