Celebrities and pop culture can reinforce old stereotypes of women without children, but increasingly, they communicate truths about each of our lives. We are among their audience; they are part of our community.
• KIDS MOVIES W/O KIDS: Do you go to the theater to see kids’ movies, or do you avoid ‘the stress’ by watching at home? Entertainment Weekly‘s website featured this post by Sandra Gonzalez: ‘Solo & Childless: Why I Almost Didn’t Watch ‘Despicable Me 2’. Admitting that she “hates going to watch family films alone,” she did it anyway. I’m glad she shared her story, because I’ve been there, and I didn’t do that. Read More
• NO LULLABIES: Mavis Staples, 74, is a legendary gospel singer, perhaps best known for ’70s hits like Respect Yourself. She explained to Time that she did consider Momhood during her brief marriage years ago. But, her husband (um, ex-husband) insisted that a good wife and Mom needs to stay at home. Read More
• MAD WOMEN: For women, 1968 proved to be a pivotal catalyst. The female side of AMC’s Mad Men — Joan, Peggy, various wives, one-night stands and budding teen Sally Draper — remain basically untouched by events sparking shifts in gender roles and responsibilities from the cities to the suburbs? Take note, NotMoms: the nation’s increase in women without children, one in 10 in 1976 to one in 5 now, is a result of a fire that started in the late ’60s. Read More