Reading the right books certainly opens up our mind to all the different possibilities and options in life.  Stumbling across this book in a bookstore, the catchy title The Childless Revolution caught my eye.

Author Madelyn Cain shares with us the experiences and situations of women who are childless or childfree by choice, by chance, and by happenstance.

Of course there’s the classic story of women who are unhappy and felt that they have missed their calling in life by not having children.

However, on the other hand, it may seem as a surprise for many people who seem to be caught up with the popular vote that some women choose to be childfree and are the happier for it.

This book recognizes and heralds a new dawn for women, opening up their lives (and minds) to fact that one is not less of a woman just because one did not choose or happen to become a mother.

This is the next step in women’s revolution: that women be able to choose for themselves consciously (and be accepted by the general population–those this has yet to happen) that it’s OK to be childfree and to choose not to be a mother despite having the equipment for it.

It seems that many men and women alike harbor the thoughts that just because women have the biological equipment to be a mother, that they are obligated to use the said equipment and bear children.

It’s admirable that there are people who choose responsible parenting and recognize that even though they are women and have the necessary equipment to have children, that their temperaments or preferences does not suit having children and they stand by their decision to remain childfree.

Recognizing that for various reasons one does not suit or does not want to be a mother is one of the more honest and commendable things that these women have done since it saves bother the would-be mother and child a lot of heartache.

This not a book that speaks against women who choose to have children, but it simply calls for equality and acceptance to women who choose to not or happen to not have children, since we are more than aware that there is a stigma that is attached to being childless.

It also tells women who are in the closet about their unsuitability or lack of desire to be a mother that it’s OK, there are people who are like you, and the number is increasing as the challenges of life grow exponentially and women become braver about their own needs, wants, and rights.

This is definitely a step forward in opening up our options (and our minds).

(c) Niconica 2011*

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