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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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Childfree is Family Friendly

Cross-posted from families as they really are with permission. “We got a puppy, and that’s my idea of starting a family. People say, ‘Oh, that’s practice for parenting,’ but if it’s practice for anything it’s to be a mom to another puppy.” –Christina Hendricks Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is the most recent among a host of celebrities to be […]

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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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Is there a Childfree Movement?

Not too long ago I came across a wiki entry on the “childfree movement.” The entry claims the “childfree movement is a grassroots social movement advocating childlessness by choice.” It’s easy to critique this statement; I don’t know many childfree who “advocate childlessness,” by choice or not.  Perhaps the wiki entry’s author is thinking of the zero […]

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“There’s more thinking to decide”: Research on the Childfree Decision

A few months ago, the research finding that many couples who don’t want kids reach the decision “after just one conversation” caught the attention of reporters. Many expressed shock and dismay, calling the decision a “snap choice” and referring to couples’ limited discussion about the matter “strange.” Most reports poo-pooed the childfree who participated in […]

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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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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 Childfree Choice on Reproductive Left Podcast

I recently talked about the childfree choice on Reproductive Left, an awesome podcast produced by Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center right here in River City (Bangor, Maine, that is). It was a fantastic experience, made even better by the fact that I was interviewed by a former student, Abbie Strout, who is now Mabel’s Education […]

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