Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Say it loud: I’m childfree and I’m proud

In 1969, graduating college senior Stephanie Mills made national headlines with a commencement address exclaiming that, in the face of impending ecological devastation, she was choosing to forgo parenthood. "I am terribly saddened by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all," she told her classmates.

I come here before you today to make the same proclamation—with a twist. I am thoroughly delighted by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all.
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Inner Brisbane to be a child-free zone

Inner Brisbane to be a child-free zone
Couples without kids and single-person households are the new norm in the heart of Brisbane.

The trend has been revealed in a new study on population change in inner Brisbane from 1996 and projected to 2031.
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It found inner Brisbane is set for considerable growth and will likely resemble the demographic makeup of inner Sydney and Melbourne over time.

"We need to learn from their experiences to ensure that Brisbane remains a better place to live," Treasurer Andrew Fraser said in a statement.
I may be reading this wrong, but they don't seem to see this as a problem, just atrend. If so, that's a first.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Babies in Bars

Should parents be allowed to bring their babies and children to bars?

It is a question in Brooklyn, New York, that's fired up online arguments, prompted unofficial protests and made outsiders giggle. And while the issue may not be exclusive to that area, it's the stuff disputes are made of in what Sasha's dad, Matt Gross, calls the kid-heavy "greater stroller zone" of Park Slope and its surrounding neighborhoods.
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