Category Archives: Thoughts and Opinions

Speaking out about invasive questioning

We’ve had a bit of a hiatus from our regular monthly posts, but the good news is that we’ve been busily analysing data and writing up our findings, which we hope to share on this page as soon as we’re … Continue reading

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Going green / being childfree – what’s the connection really?

The environmental impact of having children is one of the top reasons that people give for not having children. It’s an answer that we’ve heard quite a bit from people participating in our research too. There are online groups that … Continue reading

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Children in the baggage hold?

Tracy Morison argues that when it comes to ‘family-friendliness’ we need to think out of the box and come up with fair solutions that don’t marginalise those who don’t have children. I preface this post by declaring that I’m not … Continue reading

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Are parent-friendly policies unfair? A tricky question

It has been argued that parent- or family-friendly work policies are pronatalist.  Alena Heitlinger, for example, has said: Parental leaves,  childcare services, flexible  work arrangements,  re-entry  training  programs, and  social  security  and   taxation   policies that   do  not  penalize women   for  motherhood  have  been   promoted  as  measures  of equal opportunities … Continue reading

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Interesting fertility stats in SAs latest census – Where are the childfree?

According to a report in The Sunday Independent, the latest South African census results, and other demographic studies, indicate that access to education and opportunities has resulted in women having fewer children and getting married later in life. You can read the article below. What … Continue reading

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The perils of pronatalism

Earlier this year the South African president, Jacob Zuma, caused a stir when he was quoted as saying, “I was happy because I wouldn’t want to stay with daughters who are not getting married. Because that in itself is a … Continue reading

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It’s your choice, but…

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, … Continue reading

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