Book Reviews of The Childless Revolution: What It Means to Be Childless Today

The Childless Revolution: What It Means to Be Childless Today
The Childless Revolution What It Means to Be Childless Today
Author: Madelyn Cain
ISBN-13: 9780738206745
ISBN-10: 0738206741
Publication Date: 4/2002
Pages: 208
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Book Type: Paperback
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It was nice to finally find a book on the childfree movement that wasn't filled with hate and spite. This is a very real, very informative book on the many reasons people today choose NOT to procreate.
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The Childless Revolution is a sensitive examination of why a growing number of women do not and in many cases choose not to have children. The author is a parent and step parent, so this book is certainly not anti-child; rather it is a call for women with and without children to understand and support each others' choices.

The majority of the book is dedicated to examining why women are or choose to be childless. Though most of the reasons are obvious (infertility, prioritizing career goals, etc.), Cain's narrative is nonetheless interesting because of the numerous personal accounts she shares by articulate women.

One topic which she discusses briefly in the final chapters is the concessions given to parents in the workplace, and financially in terms of taxes. Unfortunately she does not go much beyond acknowledging that these issues exist and are unfair to the childless/childfree, perhaps because they are too contentious and would disrupt her call for feminists uniting? She does recommend The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless by Elinor Burkett, which examines these issues in depth...... I ordered that book immediately after finishing Cain's.

As a woman who is childfree by choice but respects the choices of my friends and loved ones to parent, I'm grateful for Cain's effort to present the perspective of myself and other women like me.
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An excellent book for women reflecting on life choices-- both why they don't have children and why that's not a lack in their lives necessarily. A balanced view of a path less traveled but valued nonetheless.
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This is a great intro book for those involved with the childfree lifestyle.