#Childfree Times for October 2012

Welcome to the October 2012 edition of the Childfree Times, this is a collection of articles, videos, images and more all related to being and living a Childfree life by choice (and for some not so much by choice to start with).

Articles and Blog Entries
Child-Free Women Feel Intense Pressure to Have Kids, but Rarely Stress Over It Women who choose to be permanently childfree perceive more social pressures to become mothers than other women, but feel less distress about not having kids than women who are childless from infertility or other reasons, a new national study shows.

Reclaiming Wife: On Being Happily Child Free I wouldn’t say that my childhood was the most stable. It was warm, loving, and full of laughter, but stable wasn’t part of it. My mom has been divorced more times than I would like to mention here, and those marriages resulted in four kids total, many with different fathers. So all of my siblings are technically my half siblings, even though we grew up in the same house, and the idea that they are anything less than my flesh and blood and integral to my life has never even crossed my mind.

How Parents Wreck the Lives of the Young and Childfree: Youth Hostel Edition I couldn’t believe it when my friends told me they had stayed in a hostel on a recent vacation. “With your kid?” I asked. “At your age?” “With our kid!” they answered. “Just last year!” …

Must I give birth? Show me a black woman who doesn’t want a child and I will show you a liar.” This was a response to my Facebook status update asking if any of my black female friends didn’t want to become mothers.

Childfree Bashing: An Everyday Happening Go online to blogs written for or about childfree adults and you’ll see that we are, as a group, very misunderstood. Just this week I was surprised when one of my best friends told me, “Ellen you always say you’re happy with your choice to not be a mother, but your actions tell a different story. You’re always finding young people to give a helping hand to.” I laughed as I told him that, unlike a parent, I’m able to “choose” the children I give my helping hand to. I went on to explain that just because I don’t have children, it doesn’t mean that I don’t get pleasure out of being emotionally and otherwise supportive of a young person.

As Republican Richard Mourdock enrages America with his views on pregnancy, our American writer offers a timely and personal reminder of why for plenty of men and women, life without children is a choice and liberation – despite social convention

Reproductive Freedom Means More Than Protecting Roe v Wade As Election Day approaches, Roe v Wade remains the law of the land, but with a Republican victory and an aging Supreme Court, this law may very well be in jeopardy. As President Barack Obama said on August 8th in Denver, “The next president could tip the balance of the court in a way that turns back the clock for women and families for decades to come.”

Groups and Sites
Is it Wrong to be Childfree? So I was out to dinner with my boyfriend last night and he was talking about how he didn’t want kids anytime soon and I was like “Yeah I’m with you on that.” And he seemed to be under the idea that all women wanted children ASAP. I assured him that I was not one of those women and we moved on.

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