Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Loud and Proud

I really enjoyed this article by Polly Vernon in The Guardian, It Takes Guts to Say: 'I Don't Want Children'. (Thanks, CFVixen). Polly touches on several themes that have often been addressed here in Childfreedom, for example how vocally childfree women are marginalized and made to feel they are freakish, horrible people for not wanting children. She starts the article by applauding Cameron Diaz who, in a recent interview, spoke up in defense of childfree women:

"I think women are afraid to say that they don't want children because they're going to get shunned ... I have more girlfriends who don't have kids than those that do. And honestly? We don't need any more kids. We have plenty of people on this planet."

Go get 'em, Cameron! But do us all a favor - if and when you do make the final decision to remain childfree, let's hear from you again. And when we do hear from you, please don't tell us you decided not to have kids because you're "too selfish", you're "not mom material" or are otherwise defective in some way. Say it loud, say it proud.


Gumby said...

That's very interesting. I have wondered about her in the past...

Thanks for sharing. :)

Sophie the french said...

thanks to polly Vernon for her article : so true! More and more women dare talk about their choice of being childfree, but a lot has still to be done to make society change!!

NoniWork said...

You just got three times more awesome, Ms. Diaz.

It's great to see a sucessful woman not apologizing.