Childless Women

Memories of Us Not Enough? What Legacy Can the Single or Childless Leave?

Paula Coston | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, the eldest of four siblings, but have no partner and no children. A sense of inadequacy grows: what can I leave my nephews and nieces, and their children? I don't mean memories; I mean, what that is tangible and lasting, that I can equitably share among them? It's like feeling a phantom limb, a shadowy disconnect with future generations that I so ache to put right.

Ignored by the Media, Childless Women - and Jonathan Ross - Take to the Streets

Paula Coston | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

In my last two posts on this site, I lambasted the persistently patchy and unrepresentative UK press coverage of alternative womanhoods and 'their' issues and lifestyles: single women, women without children, older women, gay women, transgender women, and more.

What the Press Should Do for Childless, Single and Other 'Alternative' Women: A Manifesto

Paula Coston | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

Ensure through forward scheduling that the following facts are regularly aired and updated, whether through appropriate book reviews, interviews, features or other formats:

On Behalf of One in Five Women of a Certain Age, I'm Throwing Down a Gauntlet to the Press

Paula Coston | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

not many childless women are yet willing to be spotlighted in the press, but that's partly because the press don't treat them as newsworthy, feature-worthy, in the first place. If they don't feel valued, it's a vicious circle. And yes, some of the key messages are hard to hear.

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

Coming Out as a Woman Who Doesn't Want Children

Sian Hunter | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Hunter

Pregnancy is supposed to be the most wonderful time of a woman's life. I, however, liken the condition to that of being invaded by a parasite. Reading that sentence back to myself makes me feel like a terrible person. And very worried that there is something wrong with me. This is me sharing my dirty secret via my laptop: I don't ever want to be a mother.

Feminism Means Freedom, Choice and Equality, but We Also Need Self-Respect and Sisterly Love

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

I've called myself many things in public - a binge eater, an addict, a perfectionist, a workaholic, to name but a few - but I've never called myself a feminist. It's only now that I'm starting to wonder why.

Fifty Years on From 'The Feminine Mystique', Now Childless Working Women Ask, 'Is This All?'

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

For those experiencing feminism's unintended consequences - childless, working women of my generation who, just like Friedan's housewives, are wondering if there's 'something more' - it can feel like the pendulum swung too far the other way.

Baby Wars: Should You Apologise for Not Wanting Children?

Mary_McGill | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mary_McGill

Statistics show us that more and more women are choosing not to have children, for reasons that are as varied as the seasons. With that, one would hope the negative attitude towards those who opt out of parenthood, the idea that they are unnatural and selfish, will dissipate. Not wanting kids doesn't make you any less of a woman or a bad person. Talking about not wanting kids doesn't make you offensive, just honest. Not wanting kids doesn't automatically mean you dislike them. Having kids reluctantly, as a kind of 'just in case' policy is probably not the best idea.

Surviving the Childless Weekend Blues

Jody Day | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Day

Many of us are so busy with work commitments and after-work activities Monday-to-Friday that we can't wait for the peace and quiet of the weekend in order to recover. And then, when we wake up on Saturday morning to an empty bed, an empty house and an empty weekend, it doesn't feel relaxing, it feels hideously oppressive.

The PANK Pound?

Emma Jackson | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jackson

Being a 33-year-old exhibiting no signs of reproduction has taught me a lot about how far feminism still has to go and about the expectations of the current moment, expectations about what being a woman is, or indeed about what being a proper person is.

Subliminal Pressure Tips Baby Boom

Sonja Lewis | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

The bottom line is that whether we like it or not, our decision-making, even if it does feel natural, is influenced by pressure.

Study: Young Women Would Rather Buy A House Than Have A Baby

Georgia James | Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Almost half of thirtysomething women would prefer to get on the property ladder than have a baby, according to a poll of 2,000 women. The survey, c...

Breaking The Taboo: Women Who Choose To Be Childless

lifestyle.aol.co.uk | Posted 10.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Abortions among women in their 40s have risen by a third in the last decade. Although there are various causes for this rise, a proportion of them are...