Childfree is a thing

This article by Jessica Valenti in the Atlantic on choosing not to have children is a must-read, whether or not you think you might want to have children.  She discusses something I’ve thought for a long time – that having children, an experience which society tells us is deeply fulfilling, and if you’re a woman, the very purpose of your being, often turns out to be disappointing, boring, frustrating and something many parents deeply regret.  I feel goddamn lucky that I realised I don’t want to have children before I actually had any.

This page was created by a group of researchers investigating the choice to remain childfree in three deeply pro-natalist countries: South Africa, India and Poland.  The message that being childfree is a viable, valid choice cannot be proclaimed too loudly to our rapidly expanding population.


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