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Meghan Daum Tackles Childlessness With 'Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed'

03/30/2015 12:38 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2015

Meghan Daum has long fluctuated between being "sort of ambivalent to pretty decisive" about not having kids, and while she's grown more comfortable with her choice, she was "hungry for voices" talking about childlessness in a "thoughtful, respectful, interesting way."

"I just wasn't finding it," she told HuffPost Live in a conversation on Thursday. To create the discussion herself, the author put together a compilation of essays titled Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, out March 31.

"One of the things I really emphasized in this book was to get away from some of the glib, flippant rhetoric we often have around this subject," Daum said. "People who have chosen not to have kids often accuse parents, labeling us as selfish or materialistic. ... But the fact is, we ourselves, people who have chosen not to be parents, often put those labels on ourselves."

Watch more from Meghan Daum's conversation with HuffPost Live in the clip above.

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