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Talking Pronatalism on the Podcast, This is Home

Check out the latest This is Home podcast just up today that talks about the choice to not have children. I had a great interview with Producer/Co-Host Erica Gerard, and was happy to be part of this podcast! The mission of the This is...Show More Summary

Trumping the Wild? Dave Foreman’s Take

As many of you may recall, I collaborated with Dave Foreman, one of North America’s leading conservationists, on my last book, the 2nd edition of Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World.  With the election of Donald Trump, and the impending evisceration of the EPA,  Dave gives us some sage commentary. Show More Summary

Love & Marriage in America: Where Does Having Children Stand?

Pew Research Center’s FactTank: News in the Numbers recently published, “5 facts on love and marriage in America.” There are some interesting figures. The first fact has to do with the top reason Americans say they marry. Where does having children rank? Check it out. Show More Summary

Happy International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! This Day has an interesting and powerful history.  I like wikipedia’s description, as overall, it is a day that “commemorates the movement for women’s rights.” Today, I am inspired to post this short film that is adapted from the upcoming film, [M] otherhood, by SUICAfilms. Show More Summary

College Students & the Perceptions of the Childfree Choice

A recent study points to the entrenched workings of pronatalism, this one with a sample of college students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Check it out. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, associate professor of psychology,Show More Summary

The Myth of Human Supremacy

With this mind blower of a book, be ready to be humbled. Experience awe. Left feeling sorrow, even anger that might fuel you to action. Activist, philosopher and author Derrick Jensen hopes so. With fiery style, Jensen keeps his readers...Show More Summary

Talking Childfree and More on The Groovy Podcast

Check out this podcast I recently did with the fun and lively Grace Collins and Michelle Zunter at The Groovy Podcast! I am on a podcast roll … to do another this week. Stay tuned! The post Talking Childfree and More on The Groovy Podcast appeared first on Laura Carroll.

The Childfree and Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day, I like to post this each year because this day brings to mind one of the many bennies of being childfree: because the childfree don’t have kids, they have more time to devote to their relationships. As a result, like...Show More Summary

Pronatalism’s Impact on Motherhood Regret

A recent article in the Life/Parent section of The Toronto Star took on a topic we’ve been seeing more of these days: motherhood regret. This article, “Mothers not alone in regret over having children” speaks to one of the most central pronatalist myths that all too often drives women to have children. Show More Summary

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Phil Knight (Buck) writes as well as he sells shoes. The personal memoir, Shoe Dog, by the founder of the NIKE empire shows the grit, tenacity, challenges and continuous near failure endured over the course of more than a decade before...Show More Summary

Why 1 in 5 German Moms Regret Parenthood

Many German women feel they have to choose between career and raising children and when they choose children, one in five feel regret. A recent study exposes just why Germany has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe and cites many...Show More Summary

Why I Went to the Women’s March on Washington

I went to the Women’s March in DC last weekend! As I am sure you have read, the March made history! Why did I go?  For a number of reasons, but the two biggies: the current administration’s policy positions seriously stand to worsen climate change and have a devastating impact on women’s reproductive rights. Show More Summary

Women’s March on Washington: I’m There!

This is where I am today! If you are as well, or if you are at one of the 600+ marches around the world, please comment and let us know where you are! The post Women’s March on Washington: I’m There! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

2016 Book Reviews: 5 Nonfiction Favorites

Each year, the New York Times’ list of notable books of 2016 brings to mind some of my favorite books we reviewed here in 2016. Here are just five of my nonfiction favorites of 2016: 5 Nonfiction Favorites   Boy, did I devour My Life...Show More Summary

Learn More about Vincent Ciaccio, 2016 Childfree Man of the Year

The 2016 Childfree Man of the Year is a busy guy! At last, the folks at International Childfree Day recently did this Q&A with him: Can you tell us about the childfree study you conducted for your Master’s thesis? My childfree Master’s...Show More Summary

Should Airplanes Offer Childfree Zones? (NJ.com)

When budget air carrier IndiGo announced it would now offer child-free Quiet Zones on its flights, many criticized the move as discriminatory towards kids. No U.S. carrier has made the change — but should they? Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Scoot Airlines have all added adults-only spaces on their flights. Show More Summary

Millennials & Wanting/Having Kids: Discussing the Numbers

Some new numbers from a Pew Research Center (PRC) FactTank article got me pondering. It states that “Millennial women (those born from 1981 to 1997) accounted for about eight-in-ten (82%) U.S. births in 2015.” Now that is a high percentage. Show More Summary

Happy New Year!

Wishing You an Amazing 2017! The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends in 2016

At the beginning of 2016, I took stock of 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice. As we near the end of this year, I’d like to do the same just for this  past year, and this time widen the discussion a bit.  What positive trends have we seen this past year? Here are […] The post Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends in 2016 appeared first on Laura Carroll.

Assumptions about the Childfree and Christmas

At this time of year, people without children by choice can come up against inaccurate assumptions others make about them. Many people can assume that this growing segment of the population tends not to celebrate Christmas because they don’t have kids. Show More Summary

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