Friday, January 27, 2017

2-Year-Old Unaware He’s Basis For 6 Couples’ Decisions Not To Have Kids

The Onion
". . .the toddler has thus far failed to recognize that his temper tantrums and messy eating habits have motivated several of his mother’s friends, as well as a couple who were eating near Gibson’s family at a restaurant, to go their entire lives without ever raising children of their own."
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Q&A with 2016 Childfree Man of the Year, Vincent Ciaccio

International Childfree Day In this Q&A, Vinny discusses his Master's thesis research, his Dissertation, why he chose childfreedom, and the current status of the childfree today. His MA work included looking at the childfree demographic, including why people choose not to have children and what political views we hold. His dissertation brought to light new information regarding childfree stereotypes; they vary greatly by gender.

In my very biased view, I found his take on our status very intruiging. While the news media tends to cover us in positive-neutral ways that reflect a growing acceptance,

"Bad news part one is that entertainment media (sitcoms, movies, etc.) still generally show the childfree as selfish, hedonistic, or in the case of men who don’t show an interest in parenthood, being immature man-children. Having a kid is still portrayed as a civilizing factor. . .
I think this reflects the notion that, although society has improved in its awareness and acceptance, we still have a long way to go. I believe individuals and even communities vary greatly in their perspective on, and acceptance of, the voluntarily childless. Vinny is working on publishing his research; in the meantime I recommend reading the entire Q&A to get a brief description of his results.
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My Nephews Taught Me That I Didn't Want Kids

Ravishly
Everything with them requires two trips. To eat, I picked up one boy, all twenty pounds of him, and strapped him into his highchair. He started banging the chair against the floor while I grabbed the other and started the process all over again. Trying to feed two hungry one-year-olds simultaneously was rather difficult. Trying to balance the yogurt on the spoons while aiming for their constantly moving mouths while trying to minimize mess was impossible. The boys showed me their mess making skills by getting yogurt into their eyes, noses, and on the floor. Somehow yogurt got in their ears, which I still don’t get how they managed that.

Then there were the times when they both wanted comfort, whether they were sleepy or they had fallen. My arms aren’t big enough to hold both of them. I tried to switch off who got hugged first but I always felt bad. I felt like I was showing favoritism that was going to scar them for the rest of their life. Then they’d hit each other and I’d have to separate them, and they both started howling. It took forever to calm them down; when holding one, the other was crying. Set the calm one down to help the other, and the calm one started crying again. There were fun times when they both wanted to play, but they overwhelmed me.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends In 2016

HuffPo by Laura Carroll
This year film, Maman? Non merci! (roughly translated as Being a mom? No thanks!) by the 2014 Childfree Woman of the Year, Magenta Baribeau, won the Best Feature Film Award at the London Feminist Film Festival ... More Use of the Word, “Pronatalism” in the Media ... More Talk about Regret
Read the article to see more movies in the pipeline, examples of these media trends, and other childfree hallmarks of 2016. What changes have you noticed recently in the way childfree people and the parenting decision are portrayed publicly? One thing I have seen is that work-life advocates have shifted more towards flexible hours for all of us, or time off for all our endeavors, where previously giving that only to mothers was the main ask. I think we're starting to see fairness as part of the equasion, and benefits to employers when all employers have their needs met.
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