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From Dr. Amy Blackstone, childfree woman, co-creator of the blog we're {not} having a baby, and nationally recognized expert on the childfree choice, comes a definitive investigation into the history and current growing movement of adults choosing to forgo parenthood: what it means for our society, economy, environment, perceived gender roles, and legacies, and how understanding and supporting all types of families can lead to positive outcomes for parents, non-parents, and children alike.

As a childfree woman, Dr. Amy Blackstone is no stranger to a wide range of negative responses when she informs people she doesn't have - nor does she want - kids: confused looks, patronizing quips, thinly veiled pity, even outright scorn and condemnation. But she is not alone in opting out when it comes to children. More people than ever are choosing to forgo parenthood, and openly discussing a choice that's still often perceived as taboo. Yet this choice, and its effects personally and culturally, are still often misunderstood. 

 Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology, has been studying the childfree choice since 2008, a choice she and her husband had already confidently and happily made. Using her own and others' research as well as her personal experience, Blackstone delves into the childfree movement from its conception to today, exploring gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, environmentalism, and feminism, as she strips away the misconceptions surrounding non-parents and reveals the still radical notion that support of the childfree can lead to better lives and societies for all.

©2019 Dr. Amy Blackstone (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Tamiko Shell
  • 09-02-21

Cheers for the child free!

Thanks to Amy for giving a clear defense (and I hate to use that word) of the choice to be childfree. We are not selfish, we won’t regret it, we don’t hate kids, we are satisfied with our choice!

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  • Alysan Amann
  • 10-08-20

A very interesting book

As a childfree woman I was recommended this book by a friend and it didn’t disappoint. It has a lot of very recent, updated information and gives a lot of perspectives on the childfree life, which is important because there is no such thing as a monolith. All childfree people are not created equal.

Very informative and an easy read. I say read it if you are thinking about it. Lots of good information.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-07-20

Could not stop listening

I am currently 28, I will be 29 next month, and I am getting married next year. With some of my friends already have a kid or two... it starts to weigh on your mind. Should I have kids too? Wouldn’t it be fun to be a parent? Or am I going to hate my life and regret ever having them? This book has so many great viewpoints and brings up a lot of things I have thought in the past but having someone else say them too made me feel better. If you’re interested in this topic, I would download this in a heartbeat. I literally couldn’t stop listening and I finished in two days.

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  • Clare JK
  • 09-09-19

Excellent delivery!

I loved the delivery.Kept me interested throughout. Loved the book,essential for anyone considering a childfree life.

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  • Marlene
  • 24-12-20

Wonderful and much needed discussion

I wish more could have talked about on this topic so openly. Unlike most self-unveiling podcast on this topic, this book was written with reviews of existing studies and well-rounded knowledge. It is compassionate and informative. It deserves to be read by all, and different generations, old and young.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-21

Incredible

The book offered an interesting and in-depth look into the differences and similarities between childfree people and parents. It shows the perspective of childfree people, whilst also acknowledging and including the perspective of parents. I highly recommend this book to gain insight into the choice to not to have kids and how those people are treated by society.

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  • Chanel Geddes
  • 19-11-20

Thrilling

It is the right amount of science, history and understanding of culture that is needed in a book like this.
Anyone can read it child-free, childless or with children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

Excellent comprehensive and objective !

I really enjoyed this book. It's well balanced with interesting data and kind to all regardless of their personal choices. A book that finally accounts for different definitions of family and empowers people to make their own choices. There is more US data presented than from other countries, yet still considering a variety of cultures. Also very interesting to hear more from male's perspective at the end.highly recommend this read!