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I was wondering if you had any kind of information about women (twentysomethings) who are postponing having children or do not want to ever have children. I'd appreciate it if you could send me any (if there are any) or let me know where I may find some. Thanks.

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. The best information I have about women postponing having children or not having children--is personal examples. For instance, most of my friends and colleagues are hovering around the 30 year mark--and most of us are childless. However, I would estimate that at least half of us will have children sometime in the next five years, others know that parenting isn't something that fits with their personality. One advantage of feminism--is that women can now choose not to have children and not be condemned for making that choice.

To find more specific information about temporary or permanently childless women, I suggest you look at some recent books such as The Girls' Guide To Hunting and Fishing, The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order, Bridget Jones's Diary and there was another book that came out recently about remaining single. I think that these books--which primarily explore "singlehood"--also touch on the notion of choosing to remain childless. There are also two books which address this more specifically--The Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother, by Shari L. Thurer and Without Child: Challenging The Stigma of Childlessness by Laurie Lisle.

I hope those suggestions help, but as I said in the beginning, I think that personal examples are the most illustrative, so ask around. Enjoy the conversations that are sure to grow out of this asking and this researching


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