Inspiration for childless and childfree women

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

Category Archives: issues

are we like mothers?

I wonder how others feel about the idea that even though we’re not mothers, we might be like mothers in some ways. Perhaps we are artists who ‘give birth’ to our … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 28 Comments

mothers, non-mothers and friendship

I definitely share in the wish-often-expressed-by-childfree-bloggers that I knew at least one other woman who was travelling happily in a non-motherhood direction. Among my closest friends are a couple of women … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 21 Comments

not a real adult?

I see this quote often enough on facebook and pinterest to guess it resonates with quite a few people, as it does with me. It is attributed to Margaret Atwood. … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 36 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

I’m a what now?

The vast majority of the feedback on this site has been so positive that I’ve been riding on a wave of encouragement for the past few weeks. I’m in a … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 27 Comments

the old age question

When a woman talks openly about her choice to be childfree (look at the letters after every newspaper article of this kind) among the responses will be at least one … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · 33 Comments

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