Inspiration for childless and childfree women

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

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

working non-mothers

My high school career advisor had a method of analysis that involved a brief interview, a look at your grades, a lengthy questionnaire and a phonebook-sized text of every conceivable … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · 11 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

an interesting reply

I read something yesterday that I’ve been mulling over all night and all morning. It is a quote attributed to Thales of Miletus, a Greek philosopher of the 6th century BC, … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · 16 Comments

more or less?

There are lots of associations made between non-motherhood and hedonism, perhaps fuelled mainly by representations of childfreedom in Sex and the City, where the chief benefits of not having children … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · 25 Comments

things not to say

I keep coming across lists of things I’m not allowed to say to people. According to this article, when someone has just had a baby I shouldn’t ask about them … Continue reading

April 1, 2012 · 36 Comments

“an owl in her pocket”

I was talking to a friend recently about the surprising number of famous female travellers and explorers who turn out to have been non-mothers and she said to me, “Did … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

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