“Why are women’s choices always labeled negatively?” indeed. This viewpoint is possibly the most hateful and most insidious, if you ask me, opinion of being childfree. Some people believe it wholeheartedly and venomously, some just assume that the two are related. I don’t even think it qualifies as a rational argument.
In this post from her No Kidding blog series at Bitch Media, Brittany Shoot highlights common myths related to selfishness and women who are childfree, while also pointing out that men often aren’t held to the same standard. What do you think? Have you or someone you know ever been called selfish for not having children? How did it make you feel, and how did you respond?
- Misconceptions about Childfree Women – and Ideas on Addressing Them (psychologytoday.com)
- Stefanie Iris Weiss: In Defense Of The Choice To Remain Child-Free (huffingtonpost.com)