"Men and women are like other living creatures: they bring children into the world with little or no thought about the matter and then they suffer and toil as best as they can to rear them. Men and women think that it is necessary to have children. It is not. It is their animal nature and social custom, rather than reason, which makes them believe that this is a necessity.
Don't have children; they bring much trouble, toil, and sorrow. What few advantages there are to having children rarely outweigh the disadvantages."
Childfree Magazines & Newspaper Articles: 1979-2001
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- Las Vegas Sun: Las Vegas Remains Adult-Oriented Town During Holiday (12/31/2001)
"This place needs to be a high-roller city," Huff said. "Families will spend the least amount of money for the maximum amount of enjoyment. The casinos need people who can spend large amounts of money."
- American Demographics: Childless by Choice (11/12/2001: PDF Page 3)
"Two income couples without children are better educated than two income couples with children."
- Work and Family Newsbrief: A Third Of Women With No Children At Home Regularly Consider Leaving Their Jobs To Gain Work-Life Balance (9/2001)
"A survey of 350 female executives has found even those with no children at home would prefer four-day weeks and the ability to telecommute; 45% have thought of quitting to get more balance."
- Journals of Gerontology Series B: Childlessness And The Psychological Well-Being Of Older Persons (9/2001)
"Childlessness per se did not significantly increase the prevalence of loneliness and depression at advanced ages, net of other factors. There also was no statistical evidence for the hypothesis that childlessness increases loneliness and depression for divorced, widowed, and never married elderly persons."
- American Family Physician Resident and Student Voice: Women in Medicine (7/1/2001)
"Women who are surgeons differ from other female physicians in that they are likely to be younger, unmarried, childless and work more clinical hours and call nights. But, they are not more likely to report feeling they work too much, experience too much stress or have less control over their lives.... Women with children and families at home sometimes face a more difficult dilemma because they struggle with child care issues, working-mother guilt and isolation from their spouses...Female physicians who have children also face greater obstacles in career progression. In a study of 1,979 full-time academic medical school faculty members, women with children reported facing major obstacles in developing academic careers. They reported producing substantially fewer publications, feeling that they had slower career progress and less career satisfaction. Notably, no differences were found in academic career progression between men and women who did not have children."
- Salon: Save Lives, Defy Nature (7/10/2001)
"Parents who kill their kids prove that we shouldn't have an automatic right to reproduce."
- The American Prospect: (7/1/02)
"High-achieving women between 28 and 35 are just as likely to be successfully married as other women who work full time, according to the national data. Fully 81 percent of high-achieving women between ages 36 and 40 had married at least once, as had 83 percent of all other working women, though only 62 percent of high-achieving and 60 percent of all other working women remained married, thanks to America's high divorce rate. In other words, there is no achievement-related marriage gap."
- Los Angeles Times: Baby Bust Has Japan Fearing for Its Future (6/24/01)
"Within six years, the population of the world's second-largest economy and ninth-most-populous country will begin to shrink."
- The Guardian: Why Don't We Have Kids Any More? (6/3/2001)
"As far as we were concerned, children must be free to find themselves, to make their own choices. And if this meant they dropped out and ended up as gardeners or itinerant hippies, then so be it. The only ambition I could ever remember entertaining for him had been the vague hope that in one way or another he might continue the revolt against routine, ritual and conformity. How he did that, though, was entirely up to him."
- Las Vegas Sun: Just The Two Of Us: Some Area Couples Opt For Childfree Lives (4/4/2001)
"Although there are no official figures to represent childless couples, the bureau points to the fertility of U.S. women as a means of measuring the number of children born to couples. In the 40- to 44-year-old age group, essentially the last period of childbearing years for women, 19 percent of all women were childless. In 1980 it was 10 percent."
- San Francisco Chronicle: Oh, Baby! Parents And Child-Free Diners Battle Over Kids' Place In Restaurants (3/21/2001)
Moniz isn't alone in her objection to children at fine dining restaurants. "Expensive restaurants like Lark Creek Inn and Left Bank are not appropriate for children," says Jim Greene of Sausalito. "It's tough for me to go to places of that caliber, expecting a certain atmosphere and paying a certain price and have problems enjoying myself because a child is having a meltdown."
- Sacramento News and Review: Ask Joey / Kids Aren't Marital Aids (1/18/2001)
"I think it is incredibly sane to postpone bringing children into your relationship right now. Kids aren't glue. It's odd to me that people have ethical challenges with parents who, for example, have a baby in order to provide bone marrow for another child, but see no ethical problems with having a child to mend their marriage. It also appears that your wife believes that having children will complete her. This belief is as damaging to her and to any children she produces."
- The American Prospect: Caring for Crib Lizards (1/1/2001)
"It's hard to describe how bone tired I am at the end of the afternoon," she says. "Most days I walk into my house knowing there's not a prayer I can be a good parent to my kids. First off, in my weary state it's all too easy to find fault: Why hasn't Tiffany [age 10] stacked the dirty dishes? Why didn't Tyrone [age 16] pick up the groceries? Or worse still," Parker goes on, "how come Jasmine [age 14] forgot to pick up her little sister from school and left her stranded with an annoyed teacher? Seems like I am always chewing them out for something or other. They're good kids, but the resentment builds when I pile so many responsibilities on them."
- New York Review of Books: The Case Against Kids (11/30/2000)
"Are children going out of style? Most American women still say they want and expect to become mothers, and a majority of them surely will. Yet even now, the number who will not give birth is at an all-time high. The most recent fertility survey, conducted in 1998, found that among women who had reached the age of forty, 19 percent had not yet had a child. And when childless women of all ages were asked how many children they expected to have in the future, 21.3 percent said they did not anticipate having any at all."
- National Review: The Problem with Parents (11/20/2000)
" The boorishness of parents is matched only by that of their children."
- Eye Weekly: Moist Towelettes For Everybody! (11/9/2000)
"I, like most childless people, have a natural aversion to very young children. They're lousy conversationalists, they don't work, they just lie around the house and make messes, they don't know how to answer the phone or collate pages and they never ever have a light on them -- and if they do, you know something's on fire somewhere."
- Training & Development: Parental Backlash
"Some companies seem to be aware of the backlash and are already responding. Lancaster Laboratories in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, reports Macinerny, has been recognized by Working Mother and Inc. magazines for its approach. "Our philosophy has been to be employee-friendly and friendly to families, regardless of whether the family is just [that employee]," says Carol Hess, executive vice president. "Flextime is for everyone here.""
- The Observer: Upset Parents Find Children A Chore (10/22/2000)
"Karen Scott, from Oban, Argyll, said: 'Even though I had been a nurse for seven years before I had children, I just wasn't prepared for the actual reality. No sleep. No social life. No time. Nothing. Being a parent was a complete shock to the system.'"
- Reason: Politicizing Parenthood (10/2000)
" I used to think it was nobody else's business whether my husband and I planned to have children....But politeness is a social construct, and my view is a minority opinion. So after nearly 15 years of answering such questions from friends, acquaintances, people I've just met at conferences or cocktail parties, store clerks, cab drivers, manicurists, and, most recently, the customer-service operator who changed my Sprint PCS phone number from Los Angeles to Dallas, I have given up. I guess my procreational plans, or lack thereof, are the world's business."
- BBC News Online UK Scotland: Majority of Homes 'Childless' (9/11/2000)
"Less than a third of Scots live in families with children and a fifth of those who do are single parents, according to a government study. By contrast, 30% of those questioned in the Scottish Household Survey live by themselves, whilst an additional 34% of households are childless couples. The number of households with children was just 28%. "
- Fast Company: Life/Work (9/2000)
"It all started when I received a letter from a reader named Jeffry Still. "I've noticed in your column [ that ] you tend to value work-life balance only in terms of family," he wrote. "Judging from your writings, all it takes is being the father of two ... and we're immediately to assume the subject has a much nobler calling than the rest of us: parenthood ... Those of us who are childless by choice should not be ignored in the quest for bringing meaning to life beyond work. As a gay male, I enjoy spending time with my partner, studying for my MBA (part-time), traveling, exercising, renovating our home, and being with our dog. These are valid ways to spend my free time and balance a hectic work life, but your reporting tends towards sainting the happily married with kids among us.""
- The Atlantic Monthly: Fourteen (9/2000)
"My brother Tony found the picture among our parents' stuff after they died. We call it "the family photo," because it's the only photograph we can find that shows our parents and all fourteen of us kids. It was taken in Manhasset in 1962, right after the last kid was born. Tony found it in one of the shoeboxes full of snapshots which doubled as bookends in my parents' house. I don't remember having seen the picture before. We didn't keep photo albums, and it was never displayed in our house -- not for any particular reason that I know of; we just didn't have pictures on the walls."
- Online 49-er: Childfree By Choice (8/28/2000)
"My decision to remain childfree started when I was 13. My mother, who was strong believer in visual learning, decided that witnessing a live birth was the best visual lesson on birth control. "
- Los Angeles Business Journal: The Childless and Parents Duke It Out (8/7/2000)
"Raising children might be a selfless act, but that doesn't keep its practitioners from being self-centered. Mommies and daddies often flaunt their parenthood as a sheriffs badge that entitles them to preferential treatment over those without little ones."
- The Atlantic: Customized Quarantine (7-8/2001)
"It may not be the most banal sentence I ever wrote, but the banality was of a very high order. The sentence was "Children represent what society is going to become." I won't hide behind extenuating circumstances. The fact is that two decades ago these words flowed from my pen and were published under my name. Sadly, they failed to achieve oblivion."
- Salon: The Anti-Child Revolt (7/31/2000)
"Not that these rebels don't make a few valid points. I share their irritation at the tendency in recent years to frame nearly all political issues, from gun control to foreign policy, in terms of "the children" -- not because it makes me feel left out of the national dialogue, but because it's shamelessly manipulative and an insult to our intelligence."
- The Observer: Sorry, No Children (7/30/2000)
"Supporters of the child-free movement are dubbed 'Thinkers' - two healthy incomes, no kids, early retirement. Better a thinker, they say, than a 'Sitcom' - single income, two children, oppressive mortgage."
- CNN Transcript: Are Children a Burden on the Childless (7/26/2000)
"'Why are we giving six-digit-income parents more of a tax break just because they have children? When did parents become a needy class? And why is my time and energy less important -- my time, let's say, to take care of my friends, my husband, my mother -- is less important socially and by social policy than James' time because he has kids?'"
- New York Times Magazine: Your Kids Are Their Problem (7/23/2000)
"'I have made it fairly clear to my office associates that we don't plan on having children," she seethes, explaining that the choice was one she reached after a long internal struggle. "I also made a point of telling my friends at work that I just started my Depo shots. Yet I still get this question and it just infuriates me. As if there couldn't possibly be any other explanation for an upset stomach, feeling fatigued, whatever. I always answer definitely not, but I really want to say, 'What a rude question.'"
- Salon: The Partnership for a Child-Free America / Letters in Response (7/31/2000)
Nauseating anti-childfree parody article.
- Brandweek: Solitary Contentment (7/31/2000)
" In many parts of the world, single women are exercising serious purchasing power and social influence thanks not only to their strong numbers but also to better career opportunities, a longer life expectancy and marriage at a later age. That is, if they choose to interrupt their fast-track lives to wed at all."
- Human Resource: Baby Blues (7/2000)
"A growing number of workers without children are dissatisfied, maintains Elinor Burkett, author of The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats The Childless (Free Press, 2000). The resentment is fueled by the perception that the majority of the workforce, those without young children, must cover for the minority, those with young children."
- CTV: Steady Number Of Canadians Opt To Be Childfree (6/11/2000)
"The one constant in the survey was the number of individuals who intended to remain childless -- seven per cent for women, eight per cent for men. The reasons given were varied and included medical factors, living arrangements, and career demands."
- Salon: Non-Parent Trap? (6/2000)
"Government- and corporate-sponsored pro-family programs, says Burkett, shift the burden of parenthood off parents -- most of whom, presumably, have chosen to have children -- onto the shoulders of their childless friends, co-workers and peers."
- HR Magazine: The Baby Gap (6/2000)
" Burkett believes that with 13 million childless adults over the age of 40 in the United States today, it is only a matter of time before a battle between parents and non-parents erupts in the workplace."
- BBC News: Sterilisation 'Most Popular Birth Control' (5/3/2000)
"Almost one in three of US women who use birth control rely on their own or their partner's sterilisation, while just 10% use the contraceptive pill."
- Salon: Mothers Who Don't Think About Anything But Their Kids (4/2000)
"I had high hopes that things might get better when my friends and I moved into our late 40s and 50s. But they didn't. If anything, they got worse. Now it seems that the mothers I know have forgotten to have lives of their own, and are only too grateful to put on and wear the lives of their adult children"
- BBC News: Childless Couples 'Self-Indulgent' (3/8/2000)
"Writing in a diocesan newspaper, Rochester Link, the bishop advised priests to look kindly on those whose marriages broke down because of the refusal of one partner to have a child. He said that such people should be treated with the same sympathy as victims of 'infidelity, desertion or cruelty'."
- British Medical Journal: Childfree and Sterilised: Women's Decision and Medical Responses
"Some of the participants expressed anger that women who embarked on pregnancy even when quite young did not have to justify their decision to bear a child, whereas they, who had decided they did not want to do this, were regarded as abnormal. Only one woman had any regrets, and most had known from an early age that they had no desire to become mothers and had used contraception for some years."
- Sex Roles/ A Journal of Research: Without Child (2/2000)
"Lisle examines the multitude of reasons why some women are without children, including career demands, the quality of their relationships with men, and the lack of social support available to mothers. She reminds us that, in a society where mothering is thought to be the pinnacle of the female experience, it is often assumed that women without children were forced into this decision because of infertility or other physical reasons."
- Sex Roles: Children and Careers: A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Young Children on Critical Career Outcomes of MBAs (12/1999)
"The authors concluded that, in general, domestic responsibilities do have an impact on career advancement, particularly for women. In addition, women with children may find themselves marginalized in less prestigious firms, and with different job tasks than their male and childless female counterparts."
- Jet: Study Finds Decline In Number Of Married Couples With Children (12/13/1999)
" The percentage of households made up of unmarried people with no children was 33 percent, more than double the rate in 1972; the percentage of children living with single parents rose to 18.2 percent, compared with 4.7 percent in 1972."
- Salon: She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not (12/9/1999)
"In an exhaustive -- and exhausting -- book on motherhood, anthropologist Sara Blaffer Hrdy breaks some big news: There is no such thing as maternal instinct."
- Sex Roles/ A Journal of Research: Stigmatization of Non-Normative Family Size Status (12/1999)
"The focus of all of these studies was on stereotypes attributed by others to the voluntarily childfree. However, not one of these stereotypes has been substantiated through empirical evaluation of actual childfree women. Rather, several studies find individuals of both sexes benefiting from their childfree status in the forms of relatively better health, greater feelings of well-being, and greater marital satisfaction"
- Feminist Studies/ Non-Motherhood: Ambivalent Autobiographies (Fall 1999)
" Non-motherhood has become more visible recently in advanced Western nations, in part at least because of the scientific, ethical, and media debates surrounding "infertility" treatments and inter-country adoption, the apparent decline in fertility in Britain, and the increasing number of women and men who are positively choosing to remain childfree or childless."
- The Gaston Gazette Online: Footloose & Child-Free (8/13/99)
"Mancuso and Wicklund live in an airy, spacious home that's decorated with photos of their pet cats and an ebony sculpture in the shape of a curled cat. Sugar, a white Persian cat they found abandoned, rests in a sunny spot in the living room. They both volunteer time to animal-welfare groups. They also like spending time with each other, riding bikes and going out to dinner."
- Insight on the News: McBealies for Bush! (Identifying The New Demographic Female Voting Category For The 2000 Elections (8/2/1999)
"Single childless women have become the demographic du jour. Some 15 million of them voted in the 1996 presidential election, a modest number in the overall scheme but one with allure for Democrats who fondly recall the feminine clout that helped elect President Clinton."
- Salon: The Nurture Assumption (3/1999)
"I do not want, have never wanted and do not expect to ever want children. For the record, this is a personal, biological decision and not a political statement, a matter of national security or a renunciation of my female citizenship. I am not childless because the world is overpopulated, because I am overly ambitious or because I had a bad childhood, as many people seem to expect. Simply put, I do not want children -- the way that many people would not want to own a horse."
- Journals of Gerontology Series B: Loneliness And Depression In Middle And Old Age: Are The Childless More Vulnerable? (11/1998)
"The results confirm earlier studies, indicating that childlessness is not necessarily linked with diminished subjective well-being among older adults."
- Salon: No Baby on Board (8/17/1998)
"As I grew older, I forgot about the population crisis. Everyone forgot. By the time I was in my late 20s, I rarely heard a discussion about, for instance, the ethics of adoption vs. making your own baby. Now the buzz phrases were "baby hunger" and "biological clock" -- phrases that did ring true for many women. My friends told me about craving the smell of an infant, or watching a stroller go by and feeling a pang of sadness. Not me. I'd watch a woman in the supermarket juggling five cereal boxes on one hip and a baby on the other, a 2-year-old in the cart, and I'd feel a wave of relief that my own shopping cart was near-empty."
- New York Times:
Population Implosion Worries a Graying Europe (7/10/1998)
"There is no longer a single country in Europe where people are having enough children to replace themselves when they die. Italy recently became the first nation in history where there are more people over the age of 60 than there are under the age of 20. This year Germany, Greece and Spain will probably all cross the same eerie divide. "
- Findings: A Study Of Childlessness In Britain (6/1998)
"Parenthood was clearly identified with disruption, change, poverty and dependency. Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of not having children and parenthood, the picture was one of independence contrasted with constraint; material security in contrast with financial risk."
- Forecast Maagazine: Boomers Skipping Babies (1/1998: Subscription Required)
- New Statesman: Barren in the Promised Land (Book Review) (5/16/1997)
"A (mainly) middle-class movement, this mutiny against the dictatorship of procreation asks, 'What price children?' - and answers: at the cost of our happiness."
- ZPG Reporter: Choosing To Be Childfree (5-6/1997)
"I've joked through the years that I think teaching is a marvelous form of birth control," says Nancy Smeltzer, who is a seventh-grade science and math teacher in Maryland. "When I used to say it years ago, people used to say, 'Ha, ha, that's very funny.' Now there's more and more agreement among teachers.
The 2/97 Issue of Washingtonian features Sherri Dalphonse's cover story on the Childfree By Choice Movement.
- Reader's Digest: Is There Sex After Children? (2/1997)
"The first time they tried to make love after Eric's arrival, he started crying. "We looked at each other and said, 'Later,'" Jan recalls. "We were just getting up enough energy to get reacquainted when Eric started teething. He woke up every two hours for weeks. I was a zombie."
- The New York Times: The Childless Feel Left Out When Parents Get A Lift In The Work Environment (12/1/1996)
"'If I had been staying home because I had a child with even a minor illness, people would have thought nothing of it," said Mr. Wenzel, 34, a computer systems specialist with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. "But the things that matter in my personal life don't cut it in today's work environment. The attitude is, 'Kids are a good excuse; yours is a bogus one.'"
- American Demographics Magazine: Inside the New Household Projections (7/1996: Subscription Required)
- Midwives: The Childfree Midwife (7/1996)
- The Washington Post: Childless by Choice
- American Demographics Magazine: Child Free with an Attitude (4/1996: Subscription Required)
- Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service: Many Women Say Decision To Not Have Children Was Right For
"Dr. Maria Llorente, an assistant clinical professor in the University
of Miami Medical School's psychiatry department, says she has found that many
elderly, childless men and women who ``filled their lives with social or
professional activities'' are at peace. Some, in fact, are grateful."
- Hispanic Magazine.Com: Childless By Choice PDF Format (5/1995)
"Why Some Latinas Are Saying No to Motherhood"
- The New York Times: No Children. And No Apologies
- Working Woman: Media Mythmaking - The Non-Parent Trap
- Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service: People Childless By Choice Or By Chance Are Banding Together.
"In 1993, 34.9 million American households were childless and 33.3 million had children under 18, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So more homes were childless than child-full....Leslie Lafayette says, "We sell our kids a bill of goods that parenting is for everybody, that it's no big deal. Well, it isn't for
everybody and it's very hard."
- The New York Times: Fair Play For The Childless Worker. (Often Workers With Children
Enjoy Extra Benefits)
- Cornell University Alumni News: Way Too Many For Us (6/1994)
"Cornell ecologists have calculated that by the year 2100, the planet will be able to provide for only 2 billion humans-almost 4 billion less than today's world population-with a modest but comfortable standard of living. Only 200 million humans can be sustained by the natural resources of the United States, making the current population 33 percent over its eco-budget."
- The Wall Street Journal: Celebrating Non-Parent's Day
- Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service: Woman Without Kids Deserve Credit, Too
"What troubles me each year about Mother's Day is that so many women of substance I've known are not mothers and never will be....They are teachers, doctors, writers, gardeners, engineers, clerks, managers and livers of lives that, despite the suspicions of those who are parents, are not empty or meaningless at all."
- Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service: Childless By Choice, Couples Are Satisfied
"Selfishness has nothing to do with the Dorans' reasons. Both are
concerned with overpopulation and environmental issues. Both enjoy their careers
at a film company that makes documentaries and commercials and both want
to travel extensively. The couple, who lives in Miami Beach, understand
that raising children would mean a drastic change in their lifestyle."
- American Demographics Magazine: Planning No Family, Now or Ever (10/1993: Subscription Required)
- Context Institute: To Breed Or Not To Breed (4/1992: Subscription Required)
"A sampling of ideas and perspectives related to population and family planning, ranging from the comprehensively global to the intensely personal..."
- American News Service: Ecologist Says Unchecked Population Growth Could Bring Misery
"David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor of ecology and agricultural sciences, sees several possible scenarios for the 22nd century: A planet with 2 billion people thriving in harmony with the environment; or, at the other extreme, 12 billion miserable humans suffering a difficult life with limited resources and widespread famine."
- VA Journal: A Parent's Ongoing War With The Childless
"I'm sure many of us parents feel sort of privileged in our McDonald's decorated with Happy Meals, our Saturday mornings dominated by cartoons, and our school buses for which other traffic must stop. But I personally feel the need to journey out to do rhetorical battle with the childless. I like to remind them that since the parents of children are propagating the species, this noble endeavor merits respect and accommodation."
- The Wall Street Journal: More Single Dads, Childless Couples
- The Washington Post: Men Without Children: Four Decades Of Interviews Suggest That Early Decisions By Infertile Men Correspond To Their Future Happiness
- The New York Times: Excessive Pursuits Of The Baby Dream
- The Wall Street Journal: Urban Uplift: Youthful Professionals Without Any Children Transform City
- MCN/ The American Journal Of Maternal Child Nursing: Voluntary Childlessness And The Nurse's Role (11-12 1980)
- The New York Times: Tea For 2, Not 3, Thanks.
- Psychology of Women Quarterly: Some Assumed Characteristics Of Voluntarily Childfree Women And Men (Winter 1979)
"The childfree woman was seen as less sensitive and loving, less typical as an American woman, and more likely to be active in woman's liberation."
- Urology: Psychologic Effects Of Vasectomy In Voluntarily Childless Men (7/1979)
"he childfree men reported themselves more independent and mobile and less tradition-bound than the fathers; these differences are attributed to their childlessness and not to the choice of vasectomy. The study findings show vasectomy to be physically and psychologically safe in both childless men and fathers."
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