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  1. says:

    I received a digital ARC of this title from NetgalleyI will never have children I made up my mind on this years ago and now as I near

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    So here's the deal I read the first four? five? essays and just had to call it uits Turns out that I'm just not interested in why people don't want to have kids I know totally surprising because I also don't care why people do have kids You do you and I'll do me But for those who are perhaps interested in the premise behind the book I'm not sure that this book is the best way to find answers or explanations Jus

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    I was slightly disappointed that most of the women in the book had actually courted or coveted motherhood for a time and missed the window than made an active choice ironically I most identified with a male writer's essay be

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    I've known since I was a kid that I didn't want to be a mother I have a distinct memory of being 7 or 8 and joining my own mom and her aunts and cousins on a Memorial Day trip to decorate family graves In the cemetery I remember coming across a string of Depression era headstones for a set of siblings who all died as children and declaring I never wanted to have kids I don't know why that was the moment it clicked for me but it was The wo

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    I'm uite disappointed I had such high hopes The summary called to me the intro was stellar and had me nodding in agreement with the editor and then I started reading the essays I think that there were only 3 or 4 that spoke to me th

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    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI don't want childrenAt my age however this statement is usually met with the response of Oh but you're so young You'll change your mindThis is not only condescending but inaccurate which honestly bothers me Not every woman is built to be a mother Children can be great sure But I've never been one to ooh and ahh over baby pictures find mysel

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    Much has been written about women having it all and the difficulties for women with balancing work and child rearing Literature also abounds on the topic of infertility detailing stories of women who long to have children but are unable for various reasons However very little has been written about making a con

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    This hit the spot Almost I wanted to read the perspectives of writers who not only didn't have children but were thrilled with the decision to the point of being relieved that they trusted their intuition who like me are edified by their decision each passing year rather than being unnerved by it or the social judgment that accompanies it

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    Until about a year ago I always thought I would eventually have kids As I made my way through my twenties watching my fri

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    Overall I think this book's importance in our society cannot be expressed enough I'm so grateful to the author for giving this viewpoint a much needed voice I can't count how many times older women have said to me Oh you'll change your mind about having kids when you're older As if I'm wrong As if I'm so young and blindly misguided that I will soon come to my senses These responses are offensive to me I'm 29 years old a

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Summary ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Meghan Daum

Id Nunez Kate Christiensen Elliott Holt Geoff Dyer and Tim Kreider among others offer a uniue perspective on the overwhelming cultural pressure of parenthood Selfish Shallow and Self Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life taking our parent centric kid fixated baby bump patrolling culture to task in the process What emerges is a nuanced diverse view of what it means to live a full satisfying life. Much has been written about women having it all and the difficulties for women with balancing work and child rearing Literature also abounds on the topic of infertility detailing stories of women who long to have children but are unable for various reasons However very little has been written about making a conscious well thought out decision NOT to have children and even less so from a male perspective Social groups are plentiful for women who are mothers from informal playgroups to organized activities such as mom baby yoga Parents tend to be drawn together through their kids sports and other extra curricular activities Parents often freuently congregate in yards enjoying conversation while watching their children play For individuals without children it can be difficult to form friendships and join in such social circles due to having little in common While not necessarily intentional the topic of conversation practically always revolves around child related issuesSelfish Shallow and Self Absorbed Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum details the decisions of sixteen writers not to have kids Most thirteen of the essays are by women however three are by men All of the essays resonated with me on some level due to the fact that I also made the decision not to have children very early on in my adult life Even though and women seem to be making the decision not to have children it is still not the choice of the majority While I m not overly concerned with validation from society for my choices it is nice to hear stories of people who have made similar decisions even if for very different reasons While I was initially drawn to reading the essays by authors already known to me such as Lionel Shriver some of my favorites turned out to be from authors previously unknown to me I particularly enjoyed the essays from the three men as they were refreshingly honest and completely unapologetic regarding the decision not to have kids Whereas most of the women seemed to feel the need to ualify their decision with statements about liking kids but determining kids just weren t for them or ensuring that people realize that they don t hate kids and love their niecesnephewsfriends kids etc the men did no such thing Geoff Dyer even stated that he s only had two ambitions in life one of which was never to have children He goes on to say In a park looking at smiling mothers and fathers strolling along with their adorable toddlers I react like the pope confronted with a couple of gay men walking hand in hand Where does it come from this unnatural desire to have children Over and Out by Geoff Dyer Since one of my favorite novels of all time is We Need to Talk About Kevin I was really looking forward to reading Lionel Shriver s essay Rather than detail her decision not to have kids she instead wrote about demographics in general in both America and Europe as well as declining fertility rates and a birth dearth in Western societies She then gave examples of three women she knows personally and considers friends who are at different stages of life and who do not want children Finally she briefly mentions her own situation but never really delves very far into her thought process I did admire Shriver s frank statement of I could have afforded children financially I just didn t want them Other essays were of a somber nature and recounted stories of childhood abuse or neglect which influenced their decisions regarding having or not having in this case children Sigrid Nunez began her essay with There was a time during my childhood when I believed that all children were unwanted Along with the stories of abuse and neglect a few women actually chose to have abortions rather than bring a child that they weren t sure they wanted or could adeuately care for into the world I found Michelle Huneven s essay especially moving My experience of living in my family had deeply instilled a sense that behind the closed doors of a family s home all respect disappeared disapproval anger and other emotions ran unchecked and a domestic form of war prevailed with war s oscillations between overt violence and tense calm Even as I learned that not all families were like this I didn t trust myself not to recreate what I had known Amateurs by Michelle Huneven I am very glad that Meghan Daum decided to take this subject on and am thankful to the sixteen writers who agreed to share their stories I would highly recommend the book not just to people who have decided not to have kids but even so to all those who do have kids I think it s important for those who are parents to realize that their lifestyle is not the only valid choice nor are all those who make the choice not to have kids selfish shallow or self absorbed It is simply one of many life choices typically involving a large amount of deliberation and self reflectionNote Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Picador for a complimentary advance reader s copy of A Treatise on 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Summary Selfish Shallow and Self Absorbed Sixteen Writers on The Decision Not To Have Kids

Selfish Shallow and Self Absorbed Sixteen Writers on The Decision Not To Have Kids

Sixteen Literary Luminaries On The Controversial Subject Of Being Childless By Choice Collected In One Fascinating AnthologyOne of the main topics of cultural conversation during the last decade was the supposed fertility crisis and whether modern women could figure out a way to way to have it all a successful demanding career and the reuired 23 children before their biological clock stopped ticking Now however conversation has turned to whether it's. I received a digital ARC of this title from NetgalleyI will never have children I made up my mind on this years ago and now as I near 30 I have no inclination to change my mind If I have a biological clock it s assuredly broken What else could explain the crawling horror I feel at the prospect of pregnancy Nope no babies for this girl My niece is expecting a baby in a few months and I m excited But and this is key I m excited because I m not the one having it I m looking forward to playing Aunty reading books and going to museums and imparting subversive feminist wisdom to my niece s daughter But I ll get to send her back to mommy when she won t uit crying or I need a nap Call me immature I suppose I am I love my family breathlessly but I also love sleep and time to read books I don t want to test my lack of self sacrifice on a child That would be unfair So all of this is to say this book was written for me I completely understand where these writers are coming from even if some of them phrase it in terms I find objectionable What I do find fascinatingfrustrating is how this conversation always falls on women Women are just assumed to want babies If we don t we must have had terrible childhoods or be otherwise defective For the record my childhood was aggressively normal and very loving I was never abused I am clinically depressed and while that does figure into the calculus not to breed it s not the only reason This all goes back to the insidious notion that women are for babies We are supposed to subsume ourselves into our children and if we don t we re selfish hags Well then I ll be a selfish hag I belong to me not some future hypothetical creature that I have to create out of my own fleshSo that this doesn t become a polemic I ll stop here I recommend this book if anyone has ever made you feel bad for not wanting to have children Know your own mind people Be who you want to be not who you think you should be If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, it all a successful demanding career and the reuired 23 children before their biological clock stopped ticking Now however conversation has turned to whether 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida it's. I received a digital ARC of this title from NetgalleyI will never have children I made up my mind on this years ago and now as I near 30 I have no La ética de la crueldad inclination to change my mind If I have a biological clock 3052 it s assuredly broken What else could explain the crawling horror I feel at the prospect of pregnancy Nope no babies for this girl My niece Mercator in a few months and I m excited But and this Pasos perdidos en Granada is key I m excited because I m not the one having Suffering and no suffering it I m looking forward to playing Aunty reading books and going to museums and Can We Live 150 Years? imparting subversive feminist wisdom to my niece s daughter But I ll get to send her back to mommy when she won t uit crying or I need a nap Call me The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears immature I suppose I am I love my family breathlessly but I also love sleep and time to read books I don t want to test my lack of self sacrifice on a child That would be unfair So all of this Robs Shiny Dumptruck is to say this book was written for me I completely understand where these writers are coming from even Business English if some of them phrase Mama Glow in terms I find objectionable What I do find fascinatingfrustrating Fire in the Sky is how this conversation always falls on women Women are just assumed to want babies If we don t we must have had terrible childhoods or be otherwise defective For the record my childhood was aggressively normal and very loving I was never abused I am clinically depressed and while that does figure olga spessivtzeva into the calculus not to breed ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it s not the only reason This all goes back to the I Am Providence insidious notion that women are for babies We are supposed to subsume ourselves An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, into our children and The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob if we don t we re selfish hags Well then I ll be a selfish hag I belong to me not some future hypothetical creature that I have to create out of my own fleshSo that this doesn t become a polemic I ll stop here I recommend this book WeVe Only Just Begun if anyone has ever made you feel bad for not wanting to have children Know your own mind people Be who you want to be not who you think you should be

Summary ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Meghan Daum

Necessary to have it all or perhaps controversial whether children are really a reuirement for a fulfilling life The idea that some women and men prefer not to have children is often met with sharp criticism and incredulity by the public and mainstream mediaIn this provocative and controversial collection of essays curated by writer Meghan Daum sixteen acclaimed writers explain why they have chosen to eschew parenthood Contributors Lionel Shriver Sigr. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI don t want childrenAt my age however this statement is usually met with the response of Oh but you re so young You ll change your mindThis is not only condescending but inaccurate which honestly bothers me Not every woman is built to be a mother Children can be great sure But I ve never been one to ooh and ahh over baby pictures find myself unable to resist pinching baby cheeks or feel the desire to babysit just to spend an afternoon enjoying a child s companyIn many ways I wish that was me We re told that it s natural to desire family life to want to hold a baby in your arms and experience the torrential downpour of hormonal affection Like one essayist in this collection explicitly states I want to want to be a motherBut beyond the fact that the magic of children has always eluded me there have always been a thousand reasons why I ve thought I shouldn t have them Most of those reasons are skillfully articulated in this collection it is after all a compilation of essays by professional writers The essay that reached me the most was the one by Jeanne Safer She criticizes the notion of having it all it is simply not possible to have it all We all give up certain possibilities in exchange for a different set of experiences and there is no life without regret As an extreme realist this was refreshingly honest to me To have children means giving up a life without them or giving up the freedom that a childfree existence allowsMore and people in the Western world at least are choosing not to have children and I think this work gives a good sample of the reasons why one reaches that decision I found each and every essay fascinating and identified with at least one idea in each of them Parenthood is never attacked Thus this is a book that would not only appeal to those like myself who know they never want children but also to those who cannot understand why being childfree would be a choice someone would want to make