Writing & Press

Op-Eds and other essays; media interviews; press on the book, the blog, and Dr. Amy’s research; and more – oh my!

Press ~
Dr. Amy Blackstone & w{n}hab! in the News

“U.S. Birthrate Drops To Lowest Level In Four Decades,” NPR Weekend Edition, May 9, 2021

“Making sense of the baby bust,” Politico, May 7, 2021

“Have You Decided Not to Be a Mother?”  The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, May 6, 2021

“Two Views of Motherhood: Celebrating Mom and Childfree by Choice,” KCUR NPR in Kansas City, May 3, 2021

“50 Times Childfree People Had Something Sassy To Say, And Posted About It In This Online Group,” Bored Panda, April 29, 2021

“Why having kids doesn’t necessarily make you happier, according to research,” CNBC Make It, March 17, 2021

“50 Times People With No Kids Had Something Sassy To Say,” Bored Panda, December 30, 2020

“My GP Dismissed My Endometriosis Pain Because I Don’t Want A Baby Yet,” Refinery29, November 16, 2020

“How the Pandemic Could Shape Conversations About Choosing to Remain Childfree,” The Takeaway, August 10, 2020

“Child-Free by Choice,” Echo, August 9, 2020

“What is Love?” The Maine Edge, February 11, 2020

“Childless by Choice,” Experience Life, January/February issue, 2020

No Kidding: The Childfree Movement Hits Close to Home, Endless Thread, December 6, 2019

“What does choosing to be child-free for individuals and our society?” The Maine Question, November 21, 2019

“Are You KIDding Me?” Teddi Tea Pod with Teddi Mellencamp, November 19, 2019

“What Happens If Your Partner Wants Children But You Don’t?” Refinery29, November 1, 2019

“Is Your Business Discriminating Against Child-Free Women?” the Riveter, October 2019

Interview with Brook Minner of Bookworm, WERU, September 11, 2019

“The child-free couples who treat their pets like children,” BBC, September 2, 2019

“Will not having children help save the planet?” Al Jazeera English’s The Stream, August 8, 2019

“There’s Nothing Wrong With Choosing to Be Childfree,” Fatherly, July 25, 2019

Interview on The Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, July 16, 2019

Interview with John Warnett of BBC Radio Kent on childfree choice, July 8, 2019

Interview on Downtown with Rich Kimball on childfree choice, WZON AM620, Bangor, Maine, July 3, 2019

“No, they’re not selfish: UMaine professor’s new book busts myths about those with no kids,” Bangor Daily News, June 20, 2019

“Interview with Dr. Amy Blackstone, author of Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family & Creating a New Age of Independence,” Medium, June 15, 2019

“Choosing to be childfree, and respecting family choices,” Press Play with Madeline Brand, June 13, 2019

“Why aren’t millennials having more kids? 8 insights into the child-free life,” TODAY, June 10, 2019

“Are child-free, single women really happier? An author’s claim sparks debate,” Good Morning America, June 10, 2019

“Settling Down and Not Raising a Family,” Jefferson Public Radio, June 10, 2019

“Mixing it up with Margaret,” Maine Women Magazine, April 30, 2019

“Recipes for success,” UMaine Today, Spring/Summer 2019

“Joe Biden’s non-apology to Anita Hill casts long shadow over 2020 run,” The Guardian, April 27, 2019

“The Biden allegations are a reminder of the small invasions women deal with every day,” Vox, April 4, 2019

“’Why don’t you want kids?’ ‘Because apocalypse!’,” WIRED, March 28, 2019

“Why don’t you have kids” Episode 6 of Inappropriate Questions podcast, March 12, 2019

“’We Do Not Want Children’: Travel in the Childfree World,” The States General (Milan, Italy), February 7, 2019

“Chapter 12: Not Moms,” New Family Values, Audible podcast with Andrew Solomon, released December 2018

“Child Free: The Choice to Not Have Children,” Maine Public, December 6, 2018

“Why these women choose to be child-free – and why that’s completely fine,” Moneyish, October 10, 2018

“Professor Amy Blackstone Is {Not} Having a Baby!” Population Connection, September 2018

“#MaineToo: Pine Tree State Not Immune to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct,” Bangor Metro, August 2018

“The child-free life: Why so many American women are deciding not to have kids,” Washington Post, May 31, 2018

“Call for Change,” UMaine Today, Spring/Summer 2018

“Child-Free by Choice,” The Walrus (cover story), May 2018

“#MeToo movement discussed at University of Maine panel discussion,” WABI, April 12, 2018

“Inside Sexual Harassment’s Hidden Toll on Equal Pay,” TIME, April 9, 2018

“Are Women Without Children Discriminated Against at Work?” sheknows, March 13, 2018

“Gender Equality Mean’s Women With Choice,” Loyola Phoenix, February 28, 2018

“This Senator Wants The Government To Measure How Sexual Harassment Harms Women’s Financial Security,” BuzzFeed, January 29, 2018

“When you’re a teenage worker and you’re sexually harassed,” CNN Money, January 8, 2018

“Sexual Harassment Explains a Lot About Why Women Get Paid Less,” Bloomberg News, January 4, 2018

“Who Will Take Care of Me If I Don’t Have Kids?” Bustle, January 2, 2018

“This Is How Sexual Harassment Ruins Your Career,” Elle, December 20, 2017

“Sexual allegations spark conversation, confusion,” WLBZ2, Bangor, ME, November 29, 2017

“Were you sexually harassed, assaulted or raped at work? Here’s what steps you can take,” USA Today, November 29, 2017

“Fear of reprisals inhibits complaints of sexual harassment at work,” Folha De S.Paulo, November 26, 2017

Interview with Kim Foster on KCBS Radio on economic and career effects of sexual harassment, San Francisco, CA, November 10, 2017

“Netflix’s Margaret Atwood ‘Alias Grace’ Series Captures the Weinstein Moment,” NBC News, November 9, 2017

“Sexual harassment can really impact your mental health in a dangerous way,” HelloGiggles, November 7, 2017

“Talking about #metoo with our mothers,” CNN Money, November 3, 2017

“How Anita Hill forever changed the way we talk about sexual harassment,” CNN Money, October 30, 2017

“#MeToo. Maine too.” Maine Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, October 22, 2017

“Ilana Glazer’s Sexual Harassment Story Is A Reminder That Being In Power Isn’t Enough To Stop It,” Bustle, October 20, 2017

Interview with WZON’s The Pulse Morning Show on #MeToo, Bangor, Maine, October 17, 2017

“The Weinstein case frees women’s voices,” Tribune de Genève, October 16, 2017

“39% Of National Park Employees Say They’ve Faced Sexual Harassment Or Discrimination,” BuzzFeed News, October 13, 2017

“What Does A Typical Sexual Harasser Look Like? We Don’t Know.” FiveThirtyEight, October 11, 2017

“Are older generations more tolerant of sexual harassment?” CNNMoney, October 11, 2017

“The men who kept Harvey Weinstein safe,” USA Today, October 11, 2017

“Harvey Weinstein sex harassment allegations: What led to the decades-long code of silence?” Yahoo Lifestyle, October 6, 2017

“Donald Was a Creep. Too Bad Hillary Couldn’t Say It,” New York Times, August 24, 2017

“The Mom question: Seattle-area women share their complicated decisions,” Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine, May 26, 2017

“Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms,” WLBZ News Center, May 24, 2017

“How People Decide Whether to Have Children,” The Atlantic, May 22, 2017

“Why Physicians Should Stop Thinking That A Woman’s Choice To Be Childfree Is Up For Debate,” HelloFlo, April 24, 2017

“Childless is More,” Episode on Pregnant Pause podcast by Zak Rosen, April 13, 2017

“Why some Mainers choose to be child-free,” Bangor Daily News, March 30, 2017

“14 Things We Wish We Knew Before Getting Married,” ClassPass, February 14, 2017

“Maine’s progressive nonprofits see post-election surge in donations, volunteers,” Portland Press Herald, December 11, 2016

“’I don’t think this is for me’: 7 reasons why people choose to be childfree,” TODAY, August 24, 2016

“Fox News and the Repercussions of Sexual Harassment,” The New Yorker, August 19, 2016

“The decisions behind remaining child-free,” CNN, August 22, 2016

“5 Things ‘Childfree’ People Want You To Know,” The Huffington Post, August 17, 2016

“How Child-free People Decide Not to Have Kids,” New York Magazine, August 15, 2016

“How the Childfree Decide,” Pacific Standard, August 9, 2016

“Trump harassment remarks called ‘victim blaming’,” USA Today, August 2, 2016

“The Not Moms,” Audio documentary by Åsa Secher, July 2016

“Love Filled & Guilt Free: Creating Epic Relationships for Wildly Successful and Childfree Couples” Summit hosted by Robyn D’Angelo, Expert participant interviewed on April 15, 2016

“Body Positivity Needs to Talk About Combatting the Harmful Effects of Fat Discrimination,” Bustle, March 25, 2016

“How Your Height and Weight Affect Your Pay,” Broadly, March 10, 2016

“The Brutal Truth About Being Childless at Work,” Fortune, November 7, 2015

Cleveland National Public Radio’s IdeaStream, Interview on “Not-Moms,” October 5, 2015

WERU Radio’s Maine Currents, Interview on childfree, September 16, 2015

Maine Public Broadcasting’s Maine Calling, Episode on childfree, August 17, 2015

“9 Things No One Tells You About Work-Life Balance,” Time, June 17, 2015

“Can a New Parent Remain a Good Friend?” Pacific Standard Magazine, June 5, 2015

Reproductive Left interview on childfree choice, WERU Radio, Blue Hill, Maine, March 3, 2015

“How couples can start their own Christmas tradition, no kids required,” Chicago Tribune, December 1, 2014

Interviewed for story on childfree on The Joy Sutton Show, Roanoke, Virginia, July 13, 2014

Interview with WZON on women and confidence, Bangor, Maine, June 5, 2014

“Childfree by Choice,” Interview with Married With Luggage Podcast, Episode #61

Reproductive Left podcast interview on childfree choice, Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Bangor, Maine, March 11, 2014

“Baby? Maybe?” Two part special report on CBS WABI-5 Bangor, February 24 & 25, 2014

“More Couples Choose Life Without Kids,” CBS WGME-13 Portland, February 20, 2014

“The Ticking Clock: What’s True (and False) About Female Fertility,” Dame magazine, October 21, 2013

“Child Free By Choice,” interviewed for story on Katie, hosted by Katie Couric, September 16, 2013

“Has feminism become uncool?” The Loop, September 6, 2013

“Living near family low on home search wish lists, poll finds,” TODAY Moms, August 29, 2013

“Living Without” Crosscurrents, San Francisco Public

“Fur Babies – An Alternative to Having Kids?” The ‘How-to’ Dog Blog, August 6, 2013

“Studies show more people choosing to start families – without kids,” WLBZ2 NBC Bangor, August 1, 2013

“’Mom gene’ discovered in mice: Do you have it?” TODAY Moms, September 25, 2012

“Female Bosses Sexually Harassed More Than Subordinates, Study Finds,” AOL Huffington Post, August 28, 2012

“6 Ways Sexual Harassment Damages Women’s Health,” My Health News Daily, November 8, 2011, sexual harassment; also on FoxNews.com and MSNBC.com

Maine Public Broadcasting Network, August 2010, older workers

“Older Workers Face Different Type of Harassment,” Bangor Daily News, August 15, 2010

“Discriminating Youths,” UMaine Today Magazine, Summer 2010

Minneapolis Star Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, MSN Health and Fitness, US News & World Report Healthday, Globe and Mail (Canada), UPI.com, Economic Times (India), Times of India, E! Science News, Fox 9 News (Minneapolis), August 2009, sexual harassment

“Women Harassing Men,” Marie Claire, May 26, 2008

“It’s Political,” UMaine Today Magazine, July/August 2007

“Accidental Activists,” UMaine Today Magazine, May/June 2005, breast cancer activism

Women’s Health Law Weekly, NewsRX, Biotech Week, July 15-21, 2004, breast cancer activism

National Public Radio (Sound Money), May 22, 2004, sexual harassment

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lincoln Journal Star, Charleston Post and Courier, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 1-28, 2004, sexual harassment

KCSN Radio (Los Angeles), April 1, 2004, sexual harassment

WCCO Radio (Minneapolis), March 15, 2004, sexual harassment

Writing ~
Dr. Amy Blackstone on the Childfree Choice, Workplace Harassment, & Other Topics

“Choosing to Be Childfree,” Cognoscenti, October 4, 2019

“Childfree people aren’t necessarily anti-natalists — and the differences are significant,” with Therese Shechter in Salon, September 25, 2019

“Boston’s ‘Straight Pride’ Parade Showed Us Where Nationalism and Fertility Panic Collide,” Ms., September 16, 2019

“I Chose Not to Have Kids. That Doesn’t Mean I Hate Them,” TIME, July 22, 2019

“More Children Won’t Make America Great – But Feminist Policies Supporting Families Will,” Ms., July 17, 2019

“Why I’m Childfree, Not Childless,” Grazia Magazine, July 16, 2019

“Maine leads on reproductive freedom,” Bangor Daily News, June 18, 2019

“Grow Old Like the ‘Golden Girls,’” New York Times, June 7, 2019

“What Choice Means to Childfree Women,” with Maxine Trump, Ms., January 22, 2019

“Much work remains to end workplace harassment,” Bangor Daily News, May 9, 2018

“When sexual harassment is used to equalise power,” with Heather McLaughlin and Christopher Uggen, The London School of Economics and Political Science blog, February 26, 2018

“Silent Night, Childfree Night,” Huffington Post, December 21, 2017

“Magnifying Heather Heyer,” with Maxine Trump in Ms., August 17, 2017

“As a Childfree Woman, Every Day is Independence Day,” Huffington Post, June 30, 2017

“The Cost of Sexual Harassment,” with Heather McLaughlin and Christopher Uggen, Gender & Society blog, June 7, 2017

“Why Women in Their 30s Are Having More Babies Today Than 20-Somethings,” Huffington Post, May 24, 2017

“Recognizing Childfree Families on International Family Day,” Huffington Post, May 15, 2017

“There is No Maternal Instinct,” Huffington Post, May 10, 2017

“Honoring the Childfree Auntie,” with Maxine Trump in Ms., April 19, 2017

“The Outrage Against Childfree Women is Real – And Needs to Stop,” with Therese Shechter in BUST, March 29, 2017

“Let’s agree on the problem before turning part of downtown Bangor into a parking lot,” with Lance Blackstone in Bangor Daily News, January 3, 2017

“Why talking politics on Thanksgiving could help us emerge from our political bubbles,” Bangor Daily News, November 22, 2016

“It’s Politics. What Does Motherhood Have To Do With It?” Ms., July 20, 2016

“Community gardens reap good for us all – and not just vegetables,” with Sarah Mullis in Bangor Daily News, June 7, 2016

“The ‘NotMoms’ among us: charitable but unelectable,” Bangor Daily News, November 24, 2015

“Women’s confidence problem? It’s so much more,” Bangor Daily News, June 11, 2014

“Cut Parents Some Slack Already!” Bangor Daily News, May 14, 2014

“Setting the Record Straight on 6 Myths about Childless Adults,” Bangor Daily News, September 17, 2013

“This Crazy, Wonderful (Childfree) Life,” Feature article on katiecouric.com, September 16, 2013

“Childfree? We Know the Why, So What’s the How?” Insufferable Intolerance guest blog post, March 16, 2013

“Do you ignore or disrespect older co-workers?” Bangor Daily News, January 22, 2013

“Childless and loving it: Not being a parent has advantages for families and kids,” Bangor Daily News, July 11, 2012

“Abortion Corrections: There is no Link to Breast Cancer,” Editorial article in The Maine Campus, December 8, 2005