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.

Author Archive | Amy

Deciding to Remain Childfree, a guest post by Stefani

Stefani’s studies have taken her through modern, medieval, and ancient languages and literature, gender studies, reproductive sociology, and education. She is currently most preoccupied with climate change and human overpopulation and hopes that humanity will muddle through, in some way or other. Deciding to remain childfree: my thought process by Stefani A few months ago, […]

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Participants Needed for Study on Childfree

Research! Sociology! Helping graduate students! These are just a few of my favorite things. And when all of that collides with better understanding the childfree choice, well, that’s just incredible! Sociology doctoral student Brooke Long needs our help. She wants to better understand how those of us who don’t have kids feel about that identity […]

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Love Filled & Guilt Free

If you’re childfree, why did you decide not to have kids? We all have our own reasons. As a sociologist who has studied the childfree for many years, Amy knows that one of the most common reasons childfree couples give is that they value their relationship as a couple. They prefer to nurture their connection with one another and […]

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Childfree Women Needed for Study on Media Consumption

Message from w{n}hab! administrators: We love research and we love to support research! While the following study does not focus on the childfree exclusively, the researcher does wish to be sure to include the childfree perspective and is therefore seeking to recruit childfree women to participate. See below for full details.   Participants Needed for […]

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Out of the Void, a childfree guest post by El McGillivray

Today’s post is by El McGillivray. El is a part-time illustrator, nascent activist, and one third of a small engineering partnership.  She studied art, modern languages, and philosophy in Switzerland and the USA before settling permanently in the UK six years ago.  She runs Childfree Women UK & Ireland, the free social network for childfree […]

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NotMom Summit Opener: Who are the NotMoms?

Last weekend, the first ever NotMom Summit brought together women from around the world who don’t have kids, whether by choice, chance, or circumstance. It was an incredible experience! I was delighted to be invited to help set the stage for the Summit by providing a review of who NotMoms are, and who we are not. I disentangled […]

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How To Decide When You Can’t Decide

By Emma of fluxedupchick.blogspot.com OK so I’m THE worst decision maker on the planet. I’m a hot mess, I don’t mind admitting it. At times, the stress of just choosing the right outfit has had me in fits of tears, and expensive tickets to events have been thrown in the trash. My usual behaviour when ordering at […]

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A Childfree Take on Taking Your Child to Work

This Thursday, we will see the 22nd anniversary of the Ms. Foundation’s Take Our Daughters to Work day.* First conceived in 1992 by Ms. Foundation President Marie C. Wilson together with Ms. Foundation co-founder Gloria Steinem, the day has spread to dozens of countries and includes millions of participants and workplaces. As a feminist sociologist of […]

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Parenting Dogs: Are Childfree Dog Owners Really Childless?

As a researcher herself, Amy always jumps at the chance to share exciting new findings on the childfree. This latest guest post comes from Shelly Volsche, a student who just recently (and successfully!) defended her MA Thesis at UNLV. Congrats, Shelly, and thank you for sharing your work with us!! Parenting Dogs: Are Childfree Dog […]

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The Female Assumption, a guest post by Melanie Holmes

Today’s post is by Melanie Holmes, author of The Female Assumption: A Mother’s Story, Freeing Women from the View that Motherhood is a Mandate. Melanie’s book was named Best Book of 2014 in the Global Media Awards, hosted by the Population Institute.  She also writes for RoleReboot, where she recently published Childfree Women Don’t Need […]

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