Inspiration for childless and childfree women

Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice

Monthly Archives: April, 2012

dealing with demons

After a slightly bumpy start to my travels in Thailand I’m now in Chiang Mai, living out one of my own non-motherhood dreams. I’ve been working on my current writing project … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 18 Comments


Over at Living My Life there is a post about a dream that I’ve been thinking about ever since I read it. The dreamer, who recently stopped trying to conceive, describes this … Continue reading

April 28, 2012 · 11 Comments


At 30,000 feet, enlightenment seems much more possible, I find. Yesterday, as the lights of Ho Chi Minh City drifted past in the darkness underneath me, I read these words by … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · 21 Comments

are we a collective?

I’m learning and being inspired constantly by the amazing discussions that go on in the comments here. Tonight I have been mulling over some thoughts rantywoman left on my recent … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · 30 Comments

taking off

I’ve been thinking about the period of uncertainty that often comes before committing to, or making peace with, non-motherhood – and the glorious ‘take off’ that can follow. Of course, … Continue reading

April 21, 2012 · 22 Comments


I’ve written here before about my sense that we live in a culture which offers lots of information about how to be a mother, but very little information about how … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · 32 Comments

we need to talk about kevin

I’ve been trying to figure out how it is that I’ve only just discovered Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. In part it’s because I thought it was a … Continue reading

April 17, 2012 · 22 Comments

decision or realisation?

There is a lot of discussion in childfree blogs and groups about the decision to be childfree – as though its always something that is carefully reasoned through, perhaps with … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · 38 Comments

the parenting gaze

One of the most life-changing concepts I encountered in my twenties was that of the male gaze. The idea draws on an assumption that we see the world not as it … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · 26 Comments

non-mothers and feminism

When I read accounts of women’s choices to be childfree, I notice that many are keen to distance themselves from feminism. “I’m not a feminist and I know that being … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · 29 Comments

a little ode to breakfast

Oh, breakfast. Whether you are tea and toast in bed with a book on a rainy morning, Or laid out in a hotel dining room like a banquet fit for … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

a woman’s right to shoes

I suspect the ears of other non-mothers-who-sometimes-watch-rubbish-television also prick up whenever the ‘A Woman’s Right to Shoes’ episode of Sex and the City is re-run. For those of you who haven’t … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · 15 Comments

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