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My So-Called Selfish Life: An Interview with Filmmaker Therese Shechter

Therese Shechter wonders why there’s so much stigma and judgement around choosing not to have kids. Funny, so do we! In the third documentary in her trilogy on women and identity, she explores what it’s like to be childfree in a culture where motherhood feels mandatory. Therese’s film, My So-Called Selfish Life, is underway and we […]

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Becoming Childfree

Our latest Childfree Story comes from Brittany Brolley, a freelance lifestyle and relationship writer. She is an advocate for the childfree lifestyle and blogs about this decision on therinkydinklife.com. Brittany also enjoys traveling with her husband, binge-watching Netflix, and is a little too obsessed with her two Boston Terriers. Becoming Childfree by Brittany Brolley I […]

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As A Childfree Woman, Every Day Is Independence Day

I’ve never been someone who likes to commit to anything too far in advance. In high school I had a boyfriend who always wanted to make plans for the following weekend during the weekend we happened to be enjoying at the moment. I didn’t like feeling pinned down. What if something awesome came up that I […]

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Great Swag + Bragging Rights: Nominate for Childfree Person of the Year!

On August 1, 1973, the non-profit organization, National Organization for Non-Parents (NON), celebrated Non-Parents Day by awarding a Female and Male National Non-Parent of the Year. Later known as the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood (NAOP), it existed from 1972-1982 with a mission to “educate the public on non-parenthood as a valid lifestyle option.” 40 […]

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Why Women In Their 30s Are Having More Babies Today Than 20-Somethings

Though it has been edited, the original version of this piece was published by Huffington Post.   For the first time since the numbers have been tracked, women in their 30s are having more babies than younger women, according to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth rates for women between […]

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Who Are You Going to Be When You’re Not Supposed to Be Anyone Anymore?*

In the end, I’ll die in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. At least that’s what the Pope has predicted for me, a married woman without children. The Pope’s not alone in this sentiment. Who will take care of you when you’re old? Aren’t you worried about dying alone? If I had a nickel for […]

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Recognizing Childfree Families on International Family Day

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. This year, the United Nations recognizes its International Day of Families on May 15. The purpose of this special day is to focus on “the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members” and to support families as the “primary educators […]

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There is No Maternal Instinct

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. While we give the mothers in our lives their well-deserved thanks and recognition, this Mother’s Day, let’s remember something very important about motherhood: It’s not a given. Not every woman wants to be a mom. Despite our culture’s deeply held belief that women are uniquely wired to want […]

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Do the Childfree Love Differently? by Shelly Volsche

A Guest Post by Shelly Volsche Do the childfree love differently? Do we approach romance and our relationships with more cynicism? Are we against love and marriage? These are questions guest writer Shelly Volsche has received from research participants and society at large. To find out, she embarked on a survey. Shelly describes her findings below. […]

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“You’re selfish!” Childfree Myth, Busted

“The choice to not have children is selfish.” -Pope Francis “Way to rationalize your own narcissistic, ‘it’s all about me’ attitude.” -Anonymous comment, which was later deleted, in response to Amy’s OpEd, Setting the Record Straight on Six Myths about Childless Adults In some ways, as one anonymous commenter suggested in response to an OpEd I […]

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