The Childless Revolution: What It Means To Be Childless Today

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Thanks in part to birth control, delayed marriages, and the emergence of two-career couples, 42% of the adult female population is childless, representing the fastest-growing demographic group to emerge in decades. Alternately pitied and scorned, childless women are rarely asked directly about the reasons for their status; the elephant in the living room, childlessness is a taboo subject.Asking the hard questions, Madelyn Cain uncovers the many reasons for childlessness--from infertility to a focus on a career to even political action--and explores the ramifications, both personal and sociological. Simultaneously compassionate and journalistically curious, The Childless Revolution is informed by the stories of over 100 childless women, at long last giving voice to their experience and validating the jumble of emotions women feel about being a part of such a controversial population. For childless women and their families everywhere, this is the first--and long overdue--book to put a face on women who have made a largely misunderstood reproductive choice.

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A professional actress and author of First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies, Madelyn Cain lives in Los Angeles.

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Childless women power many industries, in which they are often expected to cover for working moms and judged for not having children. A professional actress, Cain (First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+) divides childless women into three subsets: those who don't have children by choice, by chance, and by happenstance. Childless-by-choice (aka, "childfree") women literally choose not to have children, either because they flat-out dislike them or because of idealistic religious or environmental reasons. Women who are childless by chance always wanted to have children but were prevented by infertility issues. Cain's childless-by-happenstance category is a catchall of women whose other life choices ended up stopping them from having children; some didn't have children because of their spouses' attitudes, some because they had no spouse at all, and some because they waited too long and their biological clocks stopped ticking. Citing a 1993 American Demographics article that claims there will be a 44 percent increase in the number of childless couples by 2010, Cain asserts that despite that projected increase, society will still harshly criticize women without children as complete aberrations. This is a bland read, but many women may take comfort in its findings. Appropriate for all public libraries; women's studies bibliographers may also be interested. Pam Matthews, Musselman Lib., Gettysburg Coll., PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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