Topic: childless by choice

STFU Parents: How Not To Mommyjack Your Childfree Friends

STFU Parents: How Not To Mommyjack Your Childfree Friends

Women in particular are confronted on a daily basis about their “lack” of children or asked about their future family plans, and it’s hurtful and annoying. Part of what attracts a certain demographic to STFU, Parents are the posts about mommyjacking, which often pertain to people who are childfree. What’s compelling about the reader response is that it doesn’t matter if people are planning to have kids in the future but don’t have any right now (a.k.a “childless”), OR if they don’t want to have kids at all (a.k.a. “childfree”), because both groups are equally put off by intrusive questions and comments about becoming a parent. More »

The Childless Need A Better Representative Figure Since They No Longer All Live In Shoes

The Childless Need A Better Representative Figure Since They No Longer All Live In Shoes

Decades ago if one mentioned that a woman was childless, an image appeared in one’s mind of a batty old woman with thirty cats who perhaps lived in a shoe. You don’t need to review the newest research — which says the number of American women without children has risen to an all-time high of 1 in 5 — to know that this association to the old woman in a shoe no longer applies. However, no one else seems to have taken her place. More »

STFU Parents: Things I Can’t Do Once I Have A Kid

STFU Parents: Things I Can't Do Once I Have A Kid

The updates were written by people who had rude awakenings that, now that they’re parents, they can’t do things like celebrate their birthday, attend a food tasting, or listen to Top 40. But what about the clueless, childless people like me? We don’t even know what we’re going to be missing out on yet. All we know is that we think we know, but, much like the viewers of the MTV show Diary, we have no idea. Thankfully, some helpful parents online are happy to let their friends know (like how the media and mom bloggers are letting me know!). More »

Jessica Valenti Tells Mommyish Why She Hates The Term ‘Helicopter Mom’

Jessica Valenti Tells Mommyish Why She Hates The Term 'Helicopter Mom'

Jessica Valenti, Feministing founder, poses many a modern parenting question in her book Why Have Kids? From the lack of maternity leave to calling bullshit on the “most important job” in the world, Valenti gives us a candid account of contemporary American parenthood. A hybrid of both her personal navigation through formula feeding guilt and the cultural lies that continue to pervade motherhood, Why Have Kids? has much to offer new mothers, prospective parents, and childless by choice individuals.

Valenti shares with us how much she loathes perpetual mommy labeling, what’s lacking in the parenting blogosphere, and why we’ve lost the “it takes a village” approach in our childrearing.
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Maya Rudolph Doesn’t Think Everyone Has To Be ‘A Natural’ With Kids

Maya Rudolph Doesn't Think Everyone Has To Be 'A Natural' With Kids

Professional funny lady and Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph may play a childless woman with a baby phobia on Up All Night, but the comedic actress is a real life mother to three kids. When considering how to play her character Ava, Maya admitted that she has worked along side women who are just as “baffled by children,” which she considers an odd phenomenon in working women.
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