25 Over 10: A Childfree Longitudinal Study
Of the many assumptions about those who make the childfree choice, people all too often think they will eventually change their minds and want children. What’s the reality? 25 Over 10: A Childfree Longitudinal Study gives us the realities of twenty-five women over the course of ten years and more.
Childfree across the Disciplines: Academic and Activist Perspectives on Not Choosing Children (Contributor) (Rutgers University Press, 2022)
This is a collection of essays that “engages…(mis)perceptions about childfree people: in media representations, demographics, historical documents, and both psychological and philosophical models. Foundational pieces from established experts on the childfree choice…appear alongside both activist manifestos and original scholarly work, comprehensively brought together. Academics and activists in various disciplines and movements also riff on the childfree life: its implications, its challenges, its conversations, and its agency—all in relation to its inevitability in the 21st century.”
As the event’s founder, my chapter, “The Annual Global Childfree Event: International Childfree Day” discusses the history of International Childfree Day.
Voluntary and Involuntary Childlessness: The Joys of Otherhood? (Contributor) (Emerald Publishing)
I contributed the chapter, “The Intentionally Childless Marriage,” to Voluntary and Involuntary Childlessness: The Joys of Otherhood? (2018) “Underpinned by a feminist ontology,” the book brings together “research from a wide range of scholarly disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, sociology, gender studies, social work and social policy.”
The collection of chapters provide “an insight into the current state of the art research on the drivers, determinants, manifestations and outcomes of childlessness. It is intended to be a key resource for scholars, students and policymakers addressing this issue in a wide range of disciplinary contexts.”
The Baby Matrix
After publishing Families of Two (below), I began digging into why society continues to find this choice hard to fully accept, which inspired my book, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World (2012).
- Read more about The Baby Matrix
- Check out this review by Mardy Ireland, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood From Female Identity: “The Baby Matrix: A Needed Book for the 21st Century”
- What people are saying about The Baby Matrix
- Read the introduction and first two chapters of The Baby Matrix
- Now also available as audiobook!
In researching The Baby Matrix I learned learn a lot about overpopulation issues, and led me to renowned conservationist Dave Foreman, who I collaborated with to develop Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World (2015).
As part of showing that overpopulation is real and solvable, this book looks at the ways in which outmoded thinking about parenthood and reproduction affects the world’s ongoing population explosion.
Families of Two
Inspired by wanting to learn from long-time happily married childfree couples, Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice,* (2000) received international acclaim and paved the way for me to become one of the leading voices and experts on the childfree choice. I ran the popular blog, La Vie Childfree, which now lives here in my ever growing childfree writings library. With a Master’s in Psychology and Communications, since the late 1990s I have conducted qualitative research on the childfree choice and those who make it. I have interviewed and talked with thousands who have made this choice.
Finding Fulfillment From The Inside Out
My first book was an outgrowth of an early chapter in my career, when I counseled people people who had been laid off from their jobs. The book lays out a process I used to help my clients find purpose and meaning, from the inside out.
And…I always have book project(s) in the works!