Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Slate wants YOU!

Here's a great opportunity for childless/free bloggers of all stripes & circumstances to tell our stories & get them heard by a wider audience! Slate is looking for our stories about how we came to be childless/free and what we appreciate (or have come to appreciate) about it:
Recently, Slate columnist Katie Roiphe raised the possibility that the choice not to have children remains a taboo, that no matter what we say to our childless friends at dinner parties—that we envy them, that we wish we, too, could go out every night and wake up at 11 on Sundays—we “secretly feel sorry for or condescend to or fail to understand women who don’t have children.” Not that the child-free owe us any explanation, but we are asking for one. More like a full and proud defense. Our aim here is to clear the taboo once and for all.
Readers, we invite you to submit your testimonies on why you are child-free and happy to doublexchildfree@gmail.com. We will choose the best ones and run them on the blog. We want you to write if you knew you would never have children, if you found yourself in that situation by accident but have come to appreciate it, or any other path we haven’t thought of. And we really want to hear from men, too.
Read one childfree-by-choice blogger's story here (headed up by the information above).

I'm looking forward to reading the responses!


  1. Not doing it. I wouldn't be able to stand the inevitable negative comments.

  2. Well, I read the article. Very interesting. I wonder how many career women felt they still hadn't achieved superwoman status until they had had children as well.

  3. I am writing mine as we speak, but not sure if I will actually submit it in the end. I do know I will post it on my blog though.

  4. Very interesting! Will be curious to see the response...
    P.s. Your glass of wine is on it's way.

  5. I thought long and hard last night about submitting my story and after thoughtful consideration I have decided to do it. My hope is that someone who going thru a rough time accepting their "childless" status can see that there is "life" afterwards and it can be pretty good too.