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I Donated My Eggs For The Money -- And I Don't Regret It

Jasmine Stein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Women
Jasmine Stein

For women it sometimes feels like once we get to a certain age, we are destined to hand over control of our bodies to another being, along with whatever hopes and dreams we had for ourselves.

New Study Uncovers 23 Million Powerful American Women -- and They're Not Moms

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

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.

Reproductive Freedom Means More Than Protecting Roe v Wade

Laura Carroll | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Laura Carroll

Why does society still stigmatize having no children by choice? Because the majority remain fundamentally stuck on the long-held pronatalist belief that we are all wired to want to become parents.

If Not Wanting Kids Is 'Entirely Normal,' Why Is It Hard to Totally Accept?

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.24.2012 | Parents
Laura Carroll

More people are recognizing what we've been taught to believe about parenthood is just that -- what we've been taught to believe.

Would You Pay Extra For A Child-Free Flight?

Priyanka Kher | Posted 10.27.2012 | Travel
Priyanka Kher

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 Don't Want Kids, But I'm Not Broken

Anjali Sareen | Posted 10.10.2012 | Women
Anjali Sareen

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.

The Truth About the 'Biological Urge'

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.10.2012 | Women
Laura Carroll

When it comes to the "biological urge," it's time to shift our thinking to reflect what is real.

A Message for Moms: Up the Auntie

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I had always planned, expected, hoped and dreamed that I'd marry and have children, but I'm now in my early 40's and both milestones have eluded me.

Why Divorce Without Kids Isn't Always Easier

Vicki Larson | Posted 09.09.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It seems like having a discussion about kids -- do we want them? when do we want them? how many do we want? -- would be a no-brainer for a couple before saying their "I dos."

Accidentally Childfree

Farzana Gardee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Women
Farzana Gardee

I never imagined that I would one day be discussing a childfree life, let alone my childfree life

Forget Whether You Can Have It All -- Do You Really Even Want It All?

Lisa Hymas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Women
Lisa Hymas

For me, having what I most want in life means, among other things, having a satisfying career and not having kids.

Childfree Women: Tell Us What You Love Most About Not Having Kids

Emma Gray | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

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.

Are You ___ Enough?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Would a man's choice to embrace his traditional breadwinning role with gusto be marked as an end to progress, or to opt out of parenthood as a harbinger of the downfall of society as we know it?

Childfree: Daily Mail Blames Career Women For 'Enforced' Male Childlessness

Emma Gray | Posted 07.10.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

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.

Why Single Moms Aren’t 'Heroes'

Vicki Larson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

As we slide into Mother's Day, it's clear that we're somewhat murky on what we're celebrating. Somehow, we moms are revered and problematic at the same time, and some are more problematic than others.

Declaring a Ceasefire against Our Sisters

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 06.17.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

The moments when we feel like we need to make the case that that other road is wrong are probably the moments when we need to look at ourselves.

Arianna Huffington's sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos: A True Savvy Auntie

Melanie Notkin | Posted 05.29.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Agapi Stassinopoulos wants her nieces -- and everyone -- to understand that life's journey is where you find yourself and your passion.

'Friends with Kids' Is Not So Friendly to Those Without Kids

Lisa Hymas | Posted 05.19.2012 | Women
Lisa Hymas

If you're hoping for a film that actually challenges norms about what it means to be a grownup or a family, you'll be disappointed.

My Secret Grief

Melanie Notkin | Posted 03.13.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

The grief hit me in my mid-thirties without warning. By all appearances, my life was fantastic, but there were nights when I would cry for hours. I was in mourning, but I didn't know it.

The Marriage and Motherhood Myths

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 01.01.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I'm not saying that we don't -- or shouldn't -- want love and marriage and a baby carriage. But if we don't, the cultural forces at work sure do their best to change our minds.

I Am the Population Problem

Lisa Hymas | Posted 12.30.2011 | Green
Lisa Hymas

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.

Has 'Mommyism' Replaced Feminism?

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Why is it that the modern mom can love children and her career but the childless woman can only love her career? In America today, has feminism morphed into mommyism?

The Invisible Infertility

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

For women like me, we not only grieve the loss of motherhood, but we also grieve the loss of the dream, the dream of finding love and marriage resulting in that beautiful baby carriage.

The Dirty Little Secret About Childless Couples

Vicki Larson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

As far as celebrity splits go, Olivia Wilde and Tao Ruspoli's seems pretty easy. At least the "Cowboys & Aliens" actress and the prince, married for e...

The Truth About Childless Women

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.10.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I'm 42 and still single and I have come to acknowledge the truth: it's very possible I won't have children of my own.