Apparently instead of thinking that female celebrities are human beings too who might want to, oh, I don’t know, have children, the media is suggestingâ€”surprise, surpriseâ€”that these female celebrities are reproducing to gain a boost of celebrity. More
Topic: family planning
Iâ€™m 27. When babies cry, it triggers something foreign and possibly maternal in me, but IÂ have very little desire to start a familyâ€”especially right now. Actually, I don’t envision myself having a baby, ever. And Iâ€™m tired of being told … More
When it comes to being childless, whether by choice or not, women are frequently criticized while men face little to no repercussions. From well-intentioned remarks to snide comments from family, friends or strangers, women are often told that motherhood is somehow our duty, and by deciding not to participate means we’re incomplete. Now, shaming those females who have opted out of parenthood is apparently an actual government duty — via fairytale. More
Healthy, early sex education combined with increased birth control accessibility will yield better, less detrimental results — not making teen moms look and feel like bad parents simply for being parents. More
Good riddance, Pope Benedict XVI! The resigning pope leaves behind a legacy of hatred and hyperbole toward marriage equality for same-sex couples. More
More and more women are making the decision to be childfree–but that doesn’t mean it’s getting any easier to find a doctor who is supportive of or willing to perform an elective tubal ligation on a childfree woman under the age of 40, mostly because they’reÂ afraid the patient will change her mindÂ (even though most women don’t). But for those women who are sure–and there are many of them–it’s worth it to fight and even lie to get an operation to ensure they live the lives they want. More
Almost a year ago, I wrote about my decision to be childfree by choice, and how frequently that decision is met with the uninformed opinion that I will eventually change my mind. But here I am, a year and many articles on the subject by very respected and respectable people later. No tubal ligation. No desire to be a parent. And still, every time I even so much as mention in passing that I don’t want to be a parent–not now, not ever–all of my thinking and living and feeling is immediately disregarded and delegitimized by someone else’s conviction that I will change my mind. When more and more women are mindfully choosing the child-free path, and more and more media outlets are talking about it, why is this still shocking? More
Today, the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog touched on a big issue from last year when it reminded its readers of a study from last fall about kids and drugs, which pointed out the importance of a family dinner. Eating together has received a lot of praise in the last year (Laurie David‘s The Family Dinner was one of 2011′s most celebrated cookbooks)–but it’s not just for families with children. Family dinners are just as important childfree families (whether they plan to have kids or not), because, while they probably won’t keep anyone off drugs, they can help encourage mindful eating, and foster a healthy relationship. If you’ve resolved to be more healthy this year, consider taking it to the dinner table. More
Today on Twitter, country star and, more recently, target of media attention for her weight loss,Â LeAnn Rimes attempted to put to bed yet another rumor that’s been circulating about her: that she and husband Eddie Cibrian are trying to have a baby. In a brief exchange with fans, Rimes stated that she had “never tried to [get pregnant]” and implored the two to “please stop discussing my ovaries.” Which, you know, is pretty good advice all around. Can we agree to tone down the hysteria (in the truest sense of the word) surrounding what’s happening with other women’s wombs? More
Last week, I wrote about my decision to be childfree, despite the fact that many people older than myself (which is a lot, because I am currently the ripe old age of 24) consider me too young to make the decision.
The response was overwhelming. Apparently, everyone has an opinion. And many are similar, if not the same, as mine. More
Every year, I visit Planned Parenthood for my annual exam. And every year, when faced with the cost of another year of birth control, I ask the doctor, instead: how much would be be to have a tubal ligation?
And every year, the OB/GYN tells me that it doesn’t matter, because she won’t do it for me. Because it is irreversible, and because I am too young to make that decision. More