Item description for Childfree and Loving It! by Nicki Defago...
Recording the opinions of childless women from all over the world and letting this growing band answer their detractors, this investigation looks into the world of those who choose not to have children. Interviewees speak freely and honestly about their experiences, providing readers with both the many reasons people choose to live child-free and insight into what seems to them an unhealthy amount of societal pressure to become mothers and fathers. This book also presents interviews with parents who wish they had not had children while offering their reasons for feeling regret. Concluding with a look into the workplace, this title evaluates the fairness of allowing parents shorter days and time off to accommodate children, compared to the working environment of those who have chosen to live without children.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 28, 2005
ISBN 1904132634 ISBN13 9781904132639
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Disappointing Sep 12, 2008
This topic deserves quite a bit of attention. Many never realize that childbearing is a choice, such is the social stigma which surrounds those who choose to remain childfree. "Childfree and Loving It," however, is a disappointment. The writing is a bit juvenile at times, and while the book is fairly comprehensive on the issue, it lacks focus and depth. The childfree choice often draws criticism, especially from those with children, which is addressed extensively in the book. Those who choose a life without children are seen as suspicious, lacking in maturity and even morality, and are subject to invasive questioning and speculation. Obvious counter arguments are provided for such skeptics, but some verge on desperate. I enjoyed the perspectives of those with and without children that are scattered throughout the book. These are probably what will be the most helpful part of the book to anyone struggling with this decision. While I have a feeling that there are better books available on this topic, "Childfree and Loving It" does have some worth and may be useful, more as an introduction to the idea than anything.
Very informative, a must read! May 22, 2008
I am almost finished with this book and I have to say that out of the five other books on being childfree that I have read, this one is the best. I really enjoy having the quotes from people the author has interviewed, both on having had kids and those who did not have kids. The book was honest and the interviews ranged from those who had kids and love it, to those who had kids and hate it (it seems not many people will admit that), to those who didn't have kids and love it and finally those who did not have kids and regret it. So it really gave all points of view. I highly recommend this book to anyone deciding on whether to have kids.
Best Childfree Book Out There Mar 15, 2008
I'm one of those who wasn't sure, until I read this book. It's not as though it braiwashed me, it's just that most of the noise out there leans in favor of reproducing. This is one of the few books that helps to balance the scales. The insight from people who chose not to breed, people who have and have misgivings, and (less so) people who have and enjoy it is what makes this book so great.
Unlike some books, it isn't antagonizing towards individuals who chose to reproduce. But it offers support to people who have chosen not to, as well as reasons why it may be an option for people who haven't decided. It think it's worth noting that I finally had to order this book because 1) my local library refused to purchase it, even after my asking repeated times (despite having numerous books on pregnancy and child rearing) and 2) my local bookstores didn't carry it.
population expansion, environment and GDP growth Aug 26, 2007
I concentrate mostly on the issue of population expansion and its impact on the environment. It is good that this book mentions at least a bit about China's one child policy. The author said that China's one child policy, according to western standards, violates human rights. But I think it is very very difficult for any country to implement one child policy without violating human rights. Afterall, is human birth rights really that important ??? No, I don't think so. We human beings (of course there are exceptions) almost never respect the living rights of other species. The way we treat many other species are very very cruel. Such as finning the sharks, overfeeding the geese for goose liver, killing the mammals for fur, etc. Even in China there are more and more people becoming richer and richer, they DON'T BOTHER the penalties for having more than one child. They simply pay the penalties. They don't care. In China, people challenge China's one child policy by illegally taking fertility drugs. So there are more and more twin births recently.
World population expansion is really a big big problem. I recommend reading another book "The World Without Us" .
It is sad that many countries' leaders complaining about their aging population. Indeed countries like Japan, Germany, etc. want their people to have more children. Their underlying pupose is to increase the young workforce in the entire population. What for ? They only want GDP GROWTH !!!!!!!!! In other words, those country leaders treat their own people merely as a product that produce GDP. They treat us as GDP output machine !!!!! I am strongly disgusted with them !!!!! Those leaders do think this way. And they are very insulting to us. Afterall we are born to be GDP slaves. And in this generation most parents "HYPERPARENT" their children, force them to learn more and more in a shorter and shorter time. After the children grow up, they get married (hardly), and buy house in mortgage for 20+ years !!!! You see, we ARE GDP SLAVES !!!! We work for whole live paying mortgages. The big corporations and banks keep sucking our blood. So, what is the point of being born in this planet ???
Recently many scientists claim that the Great Barrier Reef will be "dead" in less than fifty years, the whole world's fishes will be consumed to extinction within 50 years. And there will be many many more human induced extinction in the near future. This is REAL.
So, in this sense, China is a responsible nation to implement one child policy, though it is a bit too late. But unfortunately people from developing countries also have the right to aspire first world life style (such as USA, Japan etc) . According to Diamond's book "Collapse" if the whole population of China become rich enough and if they all want western lifestyle, it needs "TWO EARTHS" to support it !!!!!! Our ecological footprint (Google search the term "ecological footprint" and you will find some websites) is so large that our planet Earth cannot support it. According to many research sources, human population will be about 9 billion in 2050, and will reach 12 billion in 2100. If human population continues to expand at this rate, in the year 3500 AD the total mass of human beings will be roughly equal to the total mass of our planet Earth !!!
So far I haven't finished reading the whole book yet. I did not find any interviews with very rich people or celebrities who are deliberately childfree. I am very disappointed. Many many ultra-rich people wants to have children because most of them want to inherit their wealth to their next generation. Rich people usually abuse the environment much much more than the average people.
I have very very strong opinion and I offend many people. I don't care.
An easy read, with a breezy style Aug 13, 2007
A surprisingly full examination of the subject, with lots of research and links, but packaged in a way that makes it an easy read on the subject. She includes lots of personal anecdotes which makes it enjoyable to read.