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Rhonny Dam, An Atypical {Childfree} Chick

Amy had the good fortune of meeting author and activist Rhonny Dam at the inaugural NotMom Summit in 2015. Rhonny recently published An Atypical Chick, which chronicles her journey as a young woman who didn’t fit the mold to a childfree, ecological activist who promotes population reduction, fighting climate change, and cleaning up a polluted […]

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Growing Up to be Childfree, a guest post by Star LaBranche

Thank you to Star LaBranche for our newest guest post. Star has written for us before, when she shared her childfree story in Permanent Birth Control.  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 […]

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Read All About It! (Non)Representations Childfree Men in the News

Where have all the childfree men gone? Now there’s a question Pete Seeger didn’t think to ask. It is a question my fearless collaborator and husband Lance has asked. Writer Amanda Marcotte asked it too. Childfree dating sites optimistically assumed childfree men were somewhere out there but, sadly, such sites haven’t (yet) managed to find them; instead these sites seem to launch […]

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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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“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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Eliminating the Culture of Intensive Parenting: A Win-Win for Parents & Childfree

We can probably all agree that we’ll never all agree on how, when, or even whether, the childfree get to talk about parenting. Some say if we don’t have kids, we have no right to discuss the lives and choices of those who do.* Others suggest that we childfree are among the best equipped to be a voice of […]

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“Why is the happily childless woman seen as the unicorn of society?” -blog post by The V Spot

This post on NewStatemen blog The V Spot asks why it’s so hard for us to believe that childfree women might actually be happy. Why is the happily childless woman seen as the unicorn of society? Non-mothers are often told they’ll “change their mind when they meet the right person”. Between that and being forced […]

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It’s a conscious decision

Presented at the 2012 meeting of the American Sociological Association. To date, much of the research on adults without children has either focused exclusively on women or has utilized a childless as opposed to a childfree framework, thus emphasizing an absence rather than the presence of a conscious decision not to have children. In this […]

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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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