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I have chosen not to have human children — but that doesn’t mean I don’t have kids. My babies are small and hairy and poop in a box (which could probably be said for some people’s biological offspring too!) I know that many parents get bent out of shape when you suggest that you don’t…

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Back in the day, you were expected by society to reproduce — and if you didn’t, you were pitied for being “barren.” I personally get down on my knees every night to thank modern science, Margaret Sanger, and Planned Parenthood for giving me a choice about whether or not I welcome a small parasite into…

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When I use the term “child-free” to describe my blessed lack of rugrat-itude, some folks immediately get it. They understand that I’ve made a conscious-positive-very-very-happy decision to not procreate — but others give me that “Quoi?” look I love so much, and act like I just spoke in Esperanto. Actually, more like I gave them…

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When I explain that I’mĀ child-free, I often get a sidelong glance that says, “I’m not 100% sure what this means. Do you hate kids? Do you hate parents? Are you a threat to the nuclear family?” Bitch please! While some no-kidders truly can’t stand other people’s offspring, not all of us are like that. But…

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It is widely assumed that, if you don’t want to have children, you must hate kids and the people who gave birth to them. Not true — some of my best friends are parents! Seriously, while a very small percentage of no-kidders could live quite happily on a planet where all reproduction was banned, I…

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As I take pictures of the world around me, I’ve found that make great subjects — always natural, never posed, just enjoying the hell out of life. But in this day and age, the child-free have to be careful about paying too much attention to a complete stranger’s kids, lest you be considered a pedophile!…

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I got together the other night with a group of friends who had all chosen the child-free lifestyle. We started talking about the benefits of NOT having kids, and (after a few glasses of wine) I decided to turn our conversation into this “no-kidding alphabet.” You can sing along if you like (it’s written in…

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Society teaches us that women who do not bear children will never feel complete. But there are many whose happiness is found through other forms of creativity — this book gives them a chance to be heard. We give voice to individuals everywhere who have chosen not to bear children. We are grateful to our…

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Just because I haven’t chosen to have kids myself does not mean that I am unacquainted with the birthing process. When I did my Social Work internship in college, I was actually a birth partner for a homeless teenage girl. It was a fascinating experience — one which taught me a great deal about the…

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