The Child-free life

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The Child-free life
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Tue, 02-25-2014 - 3:36pm

For those of you who have made the decision to be child-free, do you think it is more accepted in this day and age than maybe in previous decades? Why or why not?

Karla
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Tue, 03-04-2014 - 6:38pm
I'm sure it is — though that's not to say it's fully accepted by any means. In previous generations, it was critical to a many families' survival to have children. Who would help with the farming? Run the shop? Inherit the land? Much of our society functions differently. Yes, I'm contributing to "the end of my family name" by not procreating, but I can run my two-person, one-pet household just fine without adding more humans. From another standpoint, there are a lot of humans on the planet. We're not exactly in danger of dying out — though I've certainly read enough alarmist writing about how terrible falling birthrates are. Then there's a more widespread — at least parts of the world — acceptance of women's rights to make choices in many aspects of their lives previously non-negotiable. I'm lucky to had made my choice to be child-free in these modern times.

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