The Childless Revolution

More and more women are finding life without kids fulfilling

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The Childless Revolution,

Journal of Gerontology

The Futurist

Madelyn Cain, mother of a 15-year-old daughter, teaches English at Mission College in Southern California. Excerpted from The Childless Revolution: What It Means to Be Childless Today. Copyright 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Perseus Publishing. All rights reserved.

3/3/2009 10:38:18 AM

Dear Madelyn and Utne Reader, Such validation! It's about time that I read about the positiveness of going without children. Yes, from perfect strangers, I have been 'shamed', as in who's going to take care of you when you old? My reply: me. My choice happened at a fairly young age: I know exactly, it was in 4th grade, where our school was putting on the first ever EARTH DAY. It obviously made a huge impact, when I was told about the population bomb and the dwindling supply of non-renewable resources! So, yes - environmental. Also: I don't really like kids. Whew - I said it. Thanks for the validation of my choice of becoming what I always wanted to be - a successful artist. Very happy that I am not alone in my choice. In Joy, Cat