You’ll Change Your Mind! Childfree Myth, BUSTED

“I never wanted to have kids since as early as I can remember. I remember when I was twelve I read something about the likelihood of breast cancer being higher for women who don’t have kids. And I was just really annoyed and sad about it so I talked to my mom about it, like […]

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Completely Childfree

Cross-posted from Feminist Reflections with permission. “I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.” —Marisa Tomei In sixteen short words, Marisa Tomei sums up pretty much everything I think about having kids. It’s not for me but I understand it’s a choice that has meaning for lots of […]

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Is there a Childfree Movement?

Not too long ago I came across a wiki entry on the “childfree movement.” The entry claims the “childfree movement is a grassroots social movement advocating childlessness by choice.” It’s easy to critique this statement; I don’t know many childfree who “advocate childlessness,” by choice or not.  Perhaps the wiki entry’s author is thinking of the zero […]

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Time to Celebrate! Childfree Award Winners

Are you childfree? Do you know someone who is childfree? Do you believe parenthood and non-parenthood are – or at least should be – equally valid choices? Do you want to show your support for your childfree friends and relatives? If yes to any of the above, it’s time to CELEBRATE! Today, August 1, is International Childfree Day. […]

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I Didn’t Have a Good Childhood….

Here at w{n}hab! we like to tackle childfree myths. Of course when we say something is a myth what we’re actually saying is that empirically the evidence to date refutes the particular notion. And since we’re all smart we know that empirical patterns do not mean something “always” or “never” happens. For example, one childfree myth says that […]

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Childfree? No Apologies, Please

It’s so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for — I didn’t take that on. That did make things easier for me. A baby — that’s all day, every day for eighteen years. -Cameron Diaz Cameron Diaz made headlines recently - and not for the first time […]

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“There’s more thinking to decide”: Research on the Childfree Decision

A few months ago, the research finding that many couples who don’t want kids reach the decision “after just one conversation” caught the attention of reporters. Many expressed shock and dismay, calling the decision a “snap choice” and referring to couples’ limited discussion about the matter “strange.” Most reports poo-pooed the childfree who participated in […]

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Childfree and a Kid Person? It’s Possible!

Sometimes the childfree stories we share teach us a totally new perspective from our own. Sometimes it feels like we’re reading our own story! Courtney’s is a case of the latter. We too assumed we’d have kids one day and lucked out when we later realized it was a choice and that we were on […]

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“I could be a father, but I could never be a mother”: Research on Childfree Women in Canada

We here at w{n}hab! love us some research. Especially when it’s sociological (have we mentioned Amy is a sociologist?). So when we came upon an article last summer describing findings from Gillian Ayers’ research on childfree women, we knew we wanted to know more. Gillian Ayers is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Lethbridge. […]

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Permanent Birth Control

Star LaBranche brings us our latest childfree story. Star is a freelance writer and editor. She tells us that only reason she would ever have children would be in order to buy Hello Kitty items that are made for small people. She currently lives with a large, fluffy cat and writes for her personal website ScrapbookOfTruth.com. Star’s […]

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