One of our team members wrote a piece entitled Childfree: It’s your choice but… for FeministsSA.com, a South African-based blog ‘for women, by women’. In the article Tracy argues that
until both reproduction and non-reproduction are seen as legitimate choices, then no choice is freely made.
This is largely due to pronatalist ideas about parenthood that cause everyone to believe that they should have children and makes childfreedom a non-choice. Tracy highlights, using Facebook responses to The Childfree Choice study to illustrate, how these beliefs simultaneously glorify having children and disparage ‘non-parenthood’. In order to rethink our pronatalist assumptions 7 alternative key assumptions are highlighted in The Baby Matrix (by Laura Carroll) that could lead us to post-pronatalist view of parenthood. These include:
(1) Our biological capacities allow us to make parenthood a choice, rather than being driven by the so-called ‘instinct’ to procreate.; (2) It is just as normal to not want children as it is to want them; (3) People marry for happiness and fulfillment, as opposed to simply for procreative purposes; (4) Parenthood is a privileged right, which means that there are parallel responsibilities; (5) Decisions on having children put one’s obligation to the planet first; (6) Parenthood is one path to purpose and fulfillment in life, and one that might not work for everyone; (7) Finding support in one’s old-age is one’s own responsibility, and one shouldn’t expect one’s offspring to fulfill this role
Go and check out the article on FeministsSA and see what you think, here’s the link: http://feministssa.com/2012/10/10/childfree-its-your-choice-but/#comment-3027