Slate noted that men are hard to find in “childfree trend pieces”. The New York Times’ Motherlode blog featured a Mom’s confession that she deliberately avoids friendships with childless women. Grist, a primarily environmental site, complained that Time omitted world overpopulation as a good reason to decide against childbirth.
And much to my amazement, Investment Watch declared that Time reporter Lauren Sadler not only “promoted” a childfree choice as “the path to the good life” for American couples, but also represents the latest charge by “entertainment industry and the mainstream media” that abortion is the way to achieve nirvana. What article were they reading?
While it’s true that by-choice kidfree adults are driving the global trend in historically low birth rates, the Time article emphasizes that “any woman who doesn’t [have children] will be judged for her choice”, as adoption and in vitro fertilization and other options are available to us all. As for abortion, depending on where you live, it may be legal, but accessibility is something altogether different.
Investment Watch writer Michael Snyder cites selective quotes by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry (a Mom!) and Mona Charen (a conservative columnist!) and MTV to prove his point that “anyone that embraces the ‘old ways’ is considered to be abnormal.”
Following a strong open (“There is a relentless assault on the family in America today unlike anything that we have ever seen before.”), Mr. Snyder launches into a message that didn’t need Time to write. Clearly, his research didn’t include sources like this site, where women without children regularly comment that they are the ones who feel “abnormal” in communities across the U.S. where parents are in the majority.