About Amy

Amy is a sociology professor who studies childfree families. When not conducting research or teaching, Amy enjoys holding the inside line of the track while skating as Wined Up (#13% abv) for Central Maine Derby, collecting frequent flyer miles, tasting and sometimes cooking kick-ass food of all types, and appreciating wine (preferably crisp, bell peppery whites and stinky, barnyard reds). She maintains "we're {not} having a baby!" with her husband, Lance.

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We Heart Marriage Revisionists!

Recent news coverage of the Supreme Court’s consideration of same-sex marriage highlights the opposition’s desperate attempts to limit marriage to heterosexuals by claiming that the purpose of marriage is procreation. To this we first say WHAT?! and, more importantly, CHEERS! to our fellow marriage revisionists! On our wedding day, January 7, 1995. Happily married and […]

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Do You Have the Mom Gene?

“Mom Gene Discovered in Mice: Do you have it?” on Today Moms. Amy is quoted discussing the sociological implications of the discovery of a possible “mom gene” in mice.

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Not Being a Parent Has Advantages for Families and Kids

“Childless and loving it: Not being a parent has advantages for families and kids,”  in the Bangor Daily News. An op-ed on the important role childfree adults play in kids’ lives. Argues that childfree families should not be overlooked, if for no other reason than that these families actually benefit children.

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Childfree Status as Gender Transgression?

A poster presented at the 2010 meeting of the National Council on Family Relations. Cultural norms centered on heteronormative binaries of gender (male/female), sexuality (heterosexual/homosexual), and family (biological/chosen) prescribe that adults couple with/marry individuals of the other sex AND that they rear children together. Thus choosing to remain childfree could be viewed as a form […]

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Seeking Research Participants

A team of researchers conducting a multi-national project on people who choose not to have children wants YOU to participate in their survey! Interested? Check it out: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2SFS7MD. For more on their work, see http://thechildfreechoice.wordpress.com/.

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Does not having kids make me less of a woman?

Presented at the 2010 meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Based on interviews with 29 childfree adults (19 women, 10 men), in this paper I examine how the childfree simultaneously resist and reify gender norms. Specifically, I raise a macro-level concern that has not been explicitly considered in previous studies of the childfree: that the […]

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