“Childless” Story Features Mostly Parents

Where Have All the Childfree Gone?

Earlier this week, on Mother’s Day, CBS Sunday Morning ran an 8 minute story entitled Childless: Couples Who Choose Not to Have Children. The story begins and ends with the Duggars, the family of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, famous for its procreative prowess. We thought it odd that a decidedly NON-childfree family would be the lead on a story supposedly about those of us who choose not to have children so we used our killer math skills to take a closer look at who wins the most air time on the story.

CBS Sunday Morning

Image from CBS Sunday Morning

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Here’s the facts:

2 minutes, 20 seconds of the story go to the Duggars

1 minute, 20 seconds are dedicated to virulent pronatalist Jonathan Last

1 minute, 10 seconds are spent sharing childbearing stats and findings from a survey

1 minute goes to Jessica Valenti, a parent who also happens to be an amazing friend to and advocate of the childfree

2 minutes go to the supposed focus of the story: childfree people themselves

The Verdict

There you have it, folks. The self-absorbed, selfish childfree manage to hog an entire 25% of a story ABOUT the childfree. When will we learn that it’s not always about us? But seriously, we think Laura, one of the childfree people interviewed, sums up the whole “selfish” thing quite nicely when she says, “We all make selfish decisions. Every time you go out and buy yourself a latte instead of donating money to the poor, you’re making a selfish decision. Life is about balancing the things you do for yourself with the things you do for the world. And there’s a lot of ways to contribute to the world other than having kids.” Amen, Laura!

Childfree Feedback

Have you seen the story? What did YOU think?

6 Responses to “Childless” Story Features Mostly Parents

  1. Leslie MacFadyen July 4, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    The piece featured the group No Kidding of which I run a local chapter in Philadelphia/South New Jersey. I thought that the segment tried to portray the childfree in a frivolous light – certainly they had better footage than the “breasts” remark from the interview subjects. Per usual, the media trying to make those of us without children to be “weird” or “other”.

    • Amy July 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      I agree, Leslie. BTW, would love to hear more about the No Kidding group you run!

  2. Sylvia D. Lucas May 16, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    I love the ending. Cheers indeed. 🙂

  3. JiveNJingle May 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    You’d think we’d have gotten used to being ignored by now. Even when we’re not being ignored, we’re being ignored!

    • Lance May 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      Funny and true


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