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Australia's first deliberately barren PM!

Congratulations to Julia Gillard, the patron saint of the deliberately barren, on becoming this country's first female prime minister. How exciting to have an unmarried, child-free, outspoken woman at the helm of the ship for a chan...

Family

A few weeks ago I attended a dreaded interstate "celebration of family", one focused on my brother and his pregnant partner, and the fact that they were announcing, to the "family" that they were, indeed, pregnant. I should, perhaps,...Show More Summary

The election campaign with the inevitable question

So it's 2010 and the persistent, burning question asked of our recently promoted Prime Minister's is about her ability to really know what families need, her being barren and all. The recent ABC Q&A episode had audience members firing off a number of tragic attacks but it saddens me that this is the one that continues to get airtime. Show More Summary

designer babies - Sydney

Newtown is awash with small children zipping on scooters around their latte sipping parents perched on curbside stools in the pram cluttered streets in the inner city. I get the feeling not all of the locals are happy to see the gentrification of once grungy King Street.

Love, marriage and the baby carriage

Please don’t think less of me when I confide that hovering somewhere over the Tasman Sea a few months ago, I watched Sex & The City 2. And enjoyed it. When you’re bored with a small console and a handful of movies to choose from,...Show More Summary

childfree couples have a healthier diet

Fascinating UK study finds that childfree couples eat more fruit and veg and have a generally healthier diet than couples with children. Wonder if an IQ study between those who breed and those who don't will be next?...

when power is a cause for pity, not an aphrodisiac

Congratulations to Lara Giddings on taking over the reigns as Premier of Tasmania, the first woman in that state to get the top job. As a 23 y.o., Giddings was the youngest women to enter an Australian parliament. Now at 38, with almost...Show More Summary

Two billion minus one

No sneaky peaks, no dirty little secrets. Last night I did not watch the wedding of the century. I admit there was a time when I thought I’d be tuning into the extravaganza on Friday night. The Chaser crew announced they were going to do an alternative commentary to the royal wedding on ABC2. Show More Summary

Is motherhood the pinnacle of a woman's life?

The lovely Clem Bastow, Melbourne freelancer and hip chick about town, celebrates her 29th birthday today with an opinion piece in Fairfax about the plans she has for her uterus. So many parents (particularly new ones) look with pity...Show More Summary

birth, death, shame, compassion and comments

I awoke to an odd comment on another of my blogs. Early on a Sunday morning, someone in an outer Melbourne suburb had been visiting the site of a local blogger, clicked my non-de plume in his links and got redirected there. From there...Show More Summary

Childfree Social Lives – Your Tips for Those of us Seeking One

Of recent I’ve had much less time to blog. Five years on writing about childfree issues hasn’t dimmed my interest but on the other hand I feel the older I get the less I could care whether anyone “approves” of my choice. Except when folk like Mr Skelton go wading into waters they have no [...]

Women Would Rather Have Children Than Run Start Ups – What’s Your Childfree view?

I found this article via my Facebook and the comments were so interesting that I thought I had to share it here. It’s not just about being childfree, but it is interesting because of the perspectives of the author and the commentators. And I don’t just mean the ones that state that not every woman [...]

‘IVF destroyed my family’ Childfree – your comments?

How a mother’s desperate quest for a second child took over her life. I’ve always been thankful for my childfree readers who send me great articles. The past few months have been incredibly busy for me but I’ve been reading all the comments on the blog. In my opinion childfree people make the most insightful, thoughtful comments… [...]

Childfree: Vasectomy: $400. Speechless look on her face: priceless.

Get a vasectomy but keep it a secret. “I got a vasectomy.” Here’s a story the childfree may appreciate. As will the many men and fathers or the against-their-will-fathers who’ve been “oopsed” into having babies by… well by women who wanted babies any which way and will stop at almost nothing to get them… and the guy. NB: I didn’t [...]

Happy New Year and was 2010 The Year Childfree Went Mainstream?

The Year Childfree Went Mainstream I saw this link in my Google Alerts to day, but even better it was just sent to me by a reader. Thank you BB! It’s a great article in many ways as it highlights perhaps for the first time that being childfree is no longer hidden away under the covers – [...]

If Missing out on Motherhood is a “Result” of “Fanatical Feminism” Has Anything Changed?

Hello folks, Blogging about the life Childfree hasn’t really been at the top of my agenda for the past few months. There just hasn’t been the time. My dancing school is growing and is more and more fun and to be frank I don’t have that much time to think about child free-ness. But that doesn’t [...]

Do You Feel The Need to Defend Your Childfree Life?

If so why? It’s the 21st century and everyone lives and let lives. Right? Or not so much? These days I find it easier to simply side-step any long-drawn out conversation about kids and parenting. What about you? Does it depend on how long you’ve been comfortable being childfree? Or is there more to it than that?  Share [...]

Do You Think Childfree Conversations Leave Out Childfree Men?

And if so why is this? It’s been said that men don’t get pressured to have kids…is this true? I’m not sure it is. I know my single guys friends are forever being asked “when are going to settle down (and have kids)? ” Code for “when are you going to realize your life of [...]

Childfree… Do you Happily Give up Your Seat to Pregnant Women?

On my Facebook newsfeed today. Someone was complaining that she had to stand on the bus while she was pregnant coming home from work with the bus doing about 90km. The woman bemoaned the loss of manners and courtesy – and said that parents should teach their children respect – including standing up and giving [...]

Childfree – What’s Next? Reproductive Healthcare Under Increasing Threat

This was in my Facebook news feed today and something well worth sharing. Everyone should be concerned but the childfree especially because from where I sit the continued attack on Planned Parenthood continues. The subtext seems pretty clear to me – cut funding to anything that helps or supports contraception. Because without contraception all those [...]

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