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.
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
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!
Have you seen the story? What did YOU think?