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Childfree Mythbusting – from

Recently Amy was invited to contribute to our local paper, The Bangor Daily News, on the topic of the childfree. She decided to bust a few myths, using research to refute some of the common misconceptions about the childfree. Hopefully your favorite myth gets busted! Setting the record straight on 6 myths about childless childfree […]

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Dr. Amy Blackstone appeared on The Katie show to discuss empirical research on the childfree

Childfree Expert on the Katie Couric Show

My wife Amy… Ahem. Starting over. Dr. Amy Blackstone Ph.D. of the University of Maine, chair of the sociology department, and all around sociologist extraordinaire appeared on the Katie Couric show to provide research-backed information on the topic.  Childfree by Choice on Katie The show is chopped up into 3 segments and links are provided […]

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(Not so) Breaking News: Helicopter Parenting a Bad Idea

In the course of my day job, I sometimes have occasion to meet the parents of students I teach. 9 times out of 10 this is an utter delight. I’m not biased or anything but my students are generally pretty awesome. So it stands to reason that their parents too are awesome. But there’s that […]

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Employment Discrimination Against Women Without Kids

An article published by the All-China Women’s Federation describes findings from a recent survey suggesting that married women without kids and single women “past the optimal marrying age” are “likely to encounter discrimination in job-seeking.” Employers, it seems, assume that women without kids will have them eventually and that women’s presumed childbearing will cost the company […]

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A Study of Childfree Black Women’s Experiences

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest! We recently had the pleasure of meeting Kimya N. Dennis, a sociologist and criminologist who has embarked on a study of childfree Black women. After posting a call to participate in her research, we invited Kimya to share a little more about her research with us and she does […]

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Call for Research Participants

Kimya N. Dennis, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies at Salem College, is conducting research on the experiences of childfree Black women. The following are minimum requirements for participation: 1. Twenty-three years of age or older. 2. Identifies as a woman who is Black, African-American, or of the more immediate African diaspora. 3. Has made […]

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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: For more on their work, see

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