The Societal Taboos of Child-Free Lives, Parental Regret and Eschewing Motherhood

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A growing number of adults are choosing to not become parents, a lifestyle described as “child-free.” Yet many people, especially women, say they feel judged by their families, friends — and even their own doctors — when they vocalize not wanting children. By the same token, some parents say that to express regret — for the age at which they had kids, for their partner choice or for becoming a parent at all — is entirely taboo. As birth rates decline in the U.S. and globally, we’ll talk about the societal taboos around parenthood, why they’re so pervasive and how the conversation may be shifting.


Jill Filipovic, journalist; lawyer; author, "The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness"

Mona Eltahawy, author, "The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls;" founder and editor-in-chief, "Feminist Giant" newsletter

Caroline Sten Hartnett, associate professor of sociology, University of South Carolina