The moment I became an aunt for the first time was the most meaningful and fulfilling time of my life. But as much as I felt this milestone had changed everything for me, no one else beyond my closest friends and family seemed to notice. No one spoke to me as an aunt.
What's wrong with people wanting to have a noise-free comfortable flight, especially if they're willing to cough out extra dough for that comfort? Airlines are only trying to look after their customers, right?
I've always imagined a life filled with travelling at the drop of a hat. This doesn't mean I'm less of a woman or that I'm broken; it simply means I'm sure of what I want and destined for a life without diapers.
I personally would like to have children at some point down the line (at least I'm pretty sure) but right now I'm content to live a life that just wouldn't be able to exist if I was financially and emotionally responsible for another human being.
The idea that men might feel less empowered than women to discuss their desire to be parents deserves our attention. However, the Daily Mail piece frames the issue in a completely unproductive way -- blaming "career women" for "denying" their partners children.
Population growth tends to get blamed on other people: Africans and Asians who have "more kids than they can feed." But actually the population problem is all about me: white, middle-class, American me.