Need an example of ‘thinking outside the box’? Try this: The decision by CBS Sunday Morning to lead off its Mother’s Day episode with an eight-minute segment on America’s NotMoms.
Correspondent Tracy Smith (herself a mother of twins) starts with the abundance of the Duggar family’s 19 children, spinning to their polar opposite, women who don’t have or dont want children. It was a bold air date, to be sure.
However, conversation generated by the piece, as reflected in the Comments, at least, is multi-dimensional, with aspects ranging from bigotry to intellectualized fervor. At least one person shared a predictable “This disrespects Mother’s Day and I’ll never watch CBS again.” Mostly, the idea that growing numbers of women are deliberately choosing not to have kids spins some people quickly into Red State/Blue State diatribes about subjects unrelated to the topic at hand. Through it all, childfree by choice women get the most heat; there’s little (if any) talk of women childless by chance.
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