Childfree by choice : the movement redefining family and creating a new age of independence

by Blackstone, Amy,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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From Dr. Amy Blackstone, childfree woman, co-creator of the blog we're {{not}} having a baby, and nationally recognized expert on the childfree choice, comes a definitive investigation into the history and current growing movement of adults choosing to forgo parenthood: what it means for our society, economy, environment, perceived gender roles, and legacies, and how understanding and supporting all types of families can lead to positive outcomes for parents, non-parents, and children alike.

As a childfree woman, Dr. Amy Blackstone is no stranger to a wide range of negative responses when she informs people she doesn't have--nor does she want--kids: confused looks, patronizing quips, thinly veiled pity, even outright scorn and condemnation. But she is not alone in opting out when it comes to children. More people than ever are choosing to forgo parenthood, and openly discussing a choice that's still often perceived as taboo. Yet this choice, and its effects personally and culturally, are still often misunderstood.

Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology, has been studying the childfree choice since 2008, a choice she and her husband had already confidently and happily made. Using her own and others' research as well as her personal experience, Blackstone delves into the childfree movement from its conception to today, exploring gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, environmentalism, and feminism, as she strips away the misconceptions surrounding non-parents and reveals the still radical notion that support of the childfree can lead to better lives and societies for all.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sociologist Blackstone who, along with her husband, created the blog we're (not) having a baby challenges the stereotypes and debunks the myths about people who choose not to become parents in this insightful examination. Blackstone and her husband have heard all the surprised responses, subtly (or not so) judgmental questions, and assumptions about their decision not to procreate. Among those suppositions is the belief that nonparents hate children, something Blackstone readily debunks by illustrating how many go into professions that bring them into contact with kids, as well as offering examples of the many childfree couples who have great relationships with nieces, nephews, and friends' children. Many who opt out of having kids choose to focus on other relationships, such as those with partners and friends. And gender politics play a big part as well: women are assumed to be maternal just based on their sex, and are often judged more harshly for not wanting children, even as recent studies show how difficult it is for them to balance careers and motherhood. An illuminating read sympathetic to both nonparents and parents alike.--Kristine Huntley Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Blackstone, a sociologist and co-creator (with her husband, Lance Blackstone) of the blog We're {{Not}} Having a Baby!, offers a well-reasoned, evidence-based study of people who choose not to have children. She seats the childfree movement's beginnings in 1970s-era, birth control-enabled reproductive activism, and in Ellen Peck's controversial 1971 feminist treatise, The Baby Trap. Blackstone proceeds through many charges commonly made against the "childfree," such as selfishness, offering data showing parents and nonparents are about equally civically engaged. She also argues that "maternal instinct" is not evidence-supported but tied to cultural expectations for women to be caregivers, and fights accusations that people like herself hate children by highlighting the broader roles childfree people often take in raising the next generation, whether through nurturing nieces and nephews or choosing child-centered careers. In an afterword, Lance addresses other childless men, who typically incur less stigma than women but may still be challenged about their virility or legacy. Throughout, Blackstone makes an impactful case for an inclusive approach toward people's decision of whether to have children. Though this book's offerings are much more substantial than mere peer support, childfree readers will certainly feel affirmed, and possibly inspired to pass copies along to those who doubt their choices. Agent: Colleen Martell, the Stephanie Tade Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Childfree choice.
Publisher New York, New York :[2019]
Other Titles Child free by choice
Language English
Description xviii, 279 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-279).
ISBN 9781524744090
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