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Not Having Kids: From Moral Outrage toward Moral Duty

One particular phrase relating to a study that came out last spring continues to pop up online: moral outrage. The study, “Parenthood as a Moral Imperative? Moral Outrage and the Stigmatization of Voluntarily Childfree Women and Men”...Show More Summary

Regretting Motherhood: A Study, by Orna Donath

Israeli sociologist Orna Donath breaks important ground in her book, Regretting Motherhood: A Study. She bravely takes on motherhood regret squarely and directly, and questions “the social order and systems of power that present women...Show More Summary

Long-Term Marriages: Pondering Recent Study Results 

A recent study in the Social Psychology Quarterly looks at long-term marriages and has some interesting  results to ponder.  A summary of findings include: Married women over 50 rate the quality of their marriages lower than their husbands do. Show More Summary

Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets

Review by Brittany Brolley Luke Dittrich’s New York Times bestseller, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets is exactly that. Part biography and part memoir, Dittrich tells the unforgettable life story of how a young factory worker named Henry Molaison (Patient H.M.) became the most studied person in the history of neuroscience. Show More Summary

Moving Toward a True Childfree Movement

If you follow childfree news, you probably know that not only did filmmakers Maxine Trump and Therese Shechter hit their Kickstarter goals to finish their films about the childfree choice, they surpassed them with Stretch goals.  This...Show More Summary

The Charitable Childfree & Childless

The Economist recently published an article titled, “The rise of childlessness.” Full of demographic information, one area I found most interesting involves the charitable childfree and childless. The Charitable Childfree & Childless...Show More Summary

On the Upcoming Documentary, My So-Called Selfish Life, by Therese Shechter

Filmmaker Therese Shechter is currently running a Kickstarter Campaign for her film on childfree women, My So-Called Selfish Life. Here’s the trailer: I met Therese earlier this year in NYC, and recently had the chance to catch up with her again for an interview about her film. Show More Summary

Musings on IVF as an Employee Perk

Have you heard that Starbucks is now offering IVF as an employee perk?  A few other companies have started offering an IVF benefit, but Starbucks is going further. As the article, “How Starbucks covers pricey in vitro fertilization for...Show More Summary

Talking Childfree & To Kid or Not to Kid with filmmaker Maxine Trump

Check out my interview with filmmaker Maxine Trump! The post Talking Childfree & To Kid or Not to Kid with filmmaker Maxine Trump appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Scared to Have a Vasectomy? Bring your Bro!

Snip! Snip! Why is it that these two simple words trigger fear and loathing in the most manly of men?It's a simple procedure, taking less than 15 minutes with very little pain or down time, yet some men cringe just at the mention ofShow More Summary

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays, by Durga Chew-Bose

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays, a collection of essays by Durga Chew-Bose, reads like poetry. Much longer than the essays in the rest of the book, the opening essay, “Heart Museum,” acclimates readers to the tone and language Chew-Bose uses throughout the rest of the book. Show More Summary

Attitudes About Not Having Children: A Recent YouGov Poll

On the heels of Serena William’s comment that when she gives birth, she will “be a real woman now,” YouGov, a non-partisan public opinion poll organization, conducted a poll with some interesting results that relate to the childfree, and others who decide not to have children. Show More Summary

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story

by Brittany Brolley Are women inferior to men? Angela Saini looks to modern science to answer this age-old question. In her book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, readers can uncover the truth. Show More Summary

From Sacrifice to Privilege: Reframing the Role of Motherhood

The title of the recent opinion piece in the New York Times Sunday Review, “Motherhood Isn’t Sacrifice, It’s Selfishness” sure caught my eye. Was Karen Rinaldi going to get into pronatalism? Sort of… Sacrifice and Glorification Out of...Show More Summary

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, Edited by Manjula Martin

Review by Melanie Davis   As an author, I looked forward to receiving my copy of Scratch: Writers, Money and the Art of Making a Living. The truth is, unlike most professions, the exchange of money and value of service in the writing world is kept largely undisclosed. Show More Summary

Why People Feel Compelled to Challenge Your "No Kids" Status

Anna Goldfarb, writing for the New York Times, shares her experience of people asking "intrusive" questions about her childfree status after she married her boyfriend of many years. Most of us who are childfree have experienced thisShow More Summary

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

I can describe this book with these two words: fascinating and disturbing. Why do people spend hours and hours gaming? On Facebook? Obsessed with Fitbits, unread emails, or people on Instagram? In Irresistible, author Adam Alter answers these questions and more. Show More Summary

The 2017 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: 2017 Childfree Woman of the Year Krystal Brown is from Norfolk, Virginia, and has known she did not want children since the age of sixteen. Show More Summary

Unpacking Reasons Why People Decide Not to Have Kids

The recent piece, “Do You Have Kids,” by Jeannette Cooperman on projects.stlmag.com in part lays out what “14 women of various races, careers, backgrounds, and belief systems, all married or as-good-as, with the resources to raise a child should they choose to” contemplate as reasons women decide not to have kids. Show More Summary

I’m So Happy I Don’t Have Kids

When I married my first husband (I was about 25), we decided we didn’t want children. I’ve never regretted it. I’m so happy I don’t have kids. I wasn’t willing to spend the money or give up my job. It was the perfect decision for me, and most people I know that made the same […] The post I’m So Happy I Don’t Have Kids appeared first on Why No Kids.

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