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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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“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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How helicopter parents muscle in on kids’ job searches – from CBS News

Having trouble finding a job? Have you considered bringing mom or dad to your next interview? Or perhaps asking them to ask their buddies to give you a job? If you’re anything like a recently surveyed sample of 18-24 year olds, your answer may be yes! The survey, conducted by researchers at Adecco USA and […]

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The All-or-Nothing Marriage – from The New York Times

An opinion piece in the New York Times asks the question, “Are marriages today better or worse than they used have been?” The author’s answer is a resounding… yes. Marriages are both better AND worse off than in the past and, unsurprisingly, kids play a role in the equation. We learn from the article that, on […]

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All Tied Up

A recent ozy.com article notes that more women than ever – and, more significantly, way more women than men – are opting to undergo sterilization procedures. Rather than men subjecting themselves to a relatively benign snip, women are getting all tied up. The article notes that in the 1970s, equal numbers of women and men were […]

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What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: A Recent Review

The doomsday stylings of journalist Jonathan Last have been critiqued by demographer David Coleman in a recent review of Last’s What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster in the academic journal Population and Development Review (you can read the first page of the four page review here). Some of you may have heard about Jonathan […]

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Study of Childfree Black Men: Call for Research Participants

Dr. Kimya N. Dennis, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies at Salem College, is conducting research on the experiences of Black men who are voluntarily childfree. The following are minimum requirements for participation: 1. Minimum 18 years of age 2. Identify as a man who is Black, African American, or of the more immediate […]

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The Changing American Family – from New York Times

The New York Times just published a special section of their Science Times entitled The Changing American Family. And in the category of disappointing but not surprising, nary a partnered childfree family is to be found. Author Natalie Angier notes that the American family “has become as multilayered and full of surprises as a holiday turducken” […]

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Casual Work Increases Chance of Women Being Childless at 35: study – from theloop.ca

Our comrades to the north are reporting findings from a study conducted by a team of researchers at Australia’s University of Adelaide showing that delayed childbearing ain’t just for highly-educated professional women anymore. It seems even women in casual or temporary jobs, at least those who work longer in such jobs, are waiting longer to […]

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Opting Out Without Kids

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ve heard all about the supposed “opt-out revolution.” It’s that thing where elite women trade in their high-powered jobs for full-time motherhood. It’s gotten a lot of press since the term was first coined in Lisa Belkin‘s 2003 New York Times Magazine piece. (Note: […]

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