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Pride And Joy: The Lives And Passions Of Women Without Children Paperback – April 13, 2007
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-- Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
"This is an important, fascinating, and brave book. Women have been told how they must have children to be happy. Now here comes a book that shows how happy women can be without children. All of the women profiled are innovators, thinkers, risktakers who have listened hard to hear their own voice through the cultural din and not followed convention for convention's sake. Each tells us that there are many ways to make the journey of life worthwhile."
-- Pepper Schwartz, author of Love Between Equals: How Peer Marriage Really Works
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Yeah, I have one Master's degree, I like to travel, and I do a little volunteering, but mainly I simply want the freedom to come and go as I please. I want to be able to go out for a nice, relaxing dinner on a Friday night after a long week of work -- dinner, a beer, and some light adult conversation -- a luxury enjoyed only on precious rare occasions by those with children.
I'm not saving the world, I just want to be able to enjoy it on my own terms without the responsibility of raising a child.
I'm SICK AND TIRED of hearing from people who don't want kids purely because they are environmentally conscious or are concerned about overpopulation. I'm both of those things, but to be honest, that's not why I don't want kids. I don't want kids because I just don't want kids.
It was great to read many of these portraits and hear people say the same thing. We've moved beyond the purely political reasons for not wanting kids and have started to acknowledge that childfree people don't need to JUSTIFY not wanting them or explain it. Like many of the people in the book, we just don't want them. It was refreshing to read a book about not wanting kids that didn't focus on hectoring from Earth First and overpopulation.
Many childfree people, myself included, don't obsess about politics when we think about not having kids. We just don't want them. We don't hate them -- but we just don't want them.
same page right now. We both enjoy our freedom and our time together, and feel that we can still be important and loving influences in the lives of kids around us without necessarily being parents ourselves.
This book is a wonderful testament to the fact that women can have truly fulfilling lives without having a child of their own. I would highly recommend it to any woman who is weighing the option of motherhood!
* childless women are not quite whole;
* childless women don't care much for children, and are generally antisocial and antifamily;
* childless women are selfish;
... and a whole host of other statements which obviously can't apply to all childless/childfree women.
Casey's book gives us an important glimpse at women who have chosen not to have children. These women are vibrant, social, and satisfied. Many are happily married, and most are involved with the children of friends and relatives. They contribute to their communities-- in fact, they have more time, energy, and money for such pursuits than their friends who are mothers! Supporters of the arts, sciences, political action, social efforts, and education, Casey's subjects are a great value to the cities they live in and the circle of friends they keep.
So much for the bitter-old-crone image of childless women!
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I read this book when it first was published. Although I had already made my decision not to have children, I felt quite affirmed by these interviews. Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Pride and Joy:
The Lives and Passions of Women Without Children
(Hillsboro, OR: BeyondWords Publishing, 1998) 201 pages
(ISBN: 1-885223-82-X;... Read more
This book was very inspiring and uplifting. I recommend it to anyone that is thinking of being childfree. Pride And Joy: The Lives And Passions Of Women Without ChildrenPublished on August 7, 2009 by Squashies_girl
This book is 10 years old and much has changed socially and culturally.
The collection of stories represents a wide cross section of women around the world and not just... Read more
A very thought-provoking book examining women who are childless-by-choice. As someone who has always known that I will not be having children, this book offered insight and support... Read morePublished on September 11, 2001 by Kasey Hamner
I am 34 years old, and have been happily married to a wonderful man for the past year and a half. My husband and I have not yet made our final decision as to whether or not we'll... Read morePublished on September 5, 2000
I enjoyed reading the stories of the women featured in this book. The author brings together a group of women from all walks of life and gives the reader a good look at what life... Read morePublished on May 4, 2000 by Juana
Terri Casey courageously breaks with the unconscious assumption that all women want and need children to be happy. Read morePublished on June 16, 1999
Terri Casey's subject matter is important and should help provide support and affirmation to women who have chosen to remain childfree. Read morePublished on May 30, 1999