Childless

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

Paula Coston | Posted 28.07.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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.

Who Is Going to Take Care of You in Old Age?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

Who will care for you in your old age? Big question. Particularly for people who don't have children, so I've been reminded lately.

'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.

What We Don't Tell Our Mothers, Usually, on Mother's Day (But Perhaps We Should)

Paula Coston | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

With Mothers Day coming up, for various reasons I'm especially aware this year of the concealments of daughters like me, probably all over the world.

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.

Childless at Christmas

Anne-Marie Scully | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Scully

I am finally expecting a baby in February after almost four years of battling infertility and IVF treatments. Despite being so close to my goal of being a mother I have not forgotten for one second the pain that I have endured to get here. I especially cannot forget how much more intense that pain was at Christmastime.

Baby-Mates

Gina Lyons | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

My best mate is turning 30 in November, and has sadly told me, instead of having a full on two day bender of a birthday, she is keeping it "low key", because sadly, she doesn't think any our friends would come. One of the babies is teething, the other isn't sleeping well, one can't afford the trip... etc.

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.

Academic Claims Men Are Just As Broody As Women

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

According to new research, men suffer deep feelings of depression, loneliness and jealousy if they are unable to have children. During a presentat...

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.

Single, Childless and Christmas - Trying Out a New Solution to a Tricky Equation

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Why did I choose to miss carols by candlelight, Christmas parties with friends, cosy nights in the pub and a few precious days chilling with my family? Why did I decide to travel so far away from the people I love when everyone else was going home?

Ultimate Sacrifice

A.J. Higginson | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

When Abbie met her partner Caris, she knew she had found her soul mate - but ultimately it would leave her childless.

The Secret Joys at Christmas

Sonja Lewis | Posted 11.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

During the holiday season, joy, gratifying joy, is ubiquitous, both night and day. Don't you just love it - the magic of Christmas: the carols; the decorations; the lights - particularly if you are a child. But you probably aren't, if you're reading this blog.