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2010: The year childfree went mainstream (thanks, Oprah!)

Childlessness is nothing new -- for as long as we've had parents, we've had people who are not parents. Across centuries and cultures, at least 10 percent of women never have children, writes Elizabeth Gilbert. But it is relatively new to have a cohort of people who are deliberate, outspoken, and even proud about being childless -- or, as we prefer to say, childfree. We nonparents have traditionally been a quiet minority. And we're still a minority -- albeit a growing one, now about 20 percent in both the U.S. and the U.K. -- but we're no longer so quiet. …

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How the childfree can be parents too

Deciding to be childfree doesn't have to mean forgoing all the joys and oys of parenting. In a new piece in YES! magazine, Wendy Call describes her life as a co-parent -- "not some new alternative but an old tradition," she writes. Call and her partner Aram are confirmed GINKs (green inclinations, no kids). But they've rejected the "stark" choice to either "become parents for every minute of every day, or not at all." She and Aram are co-parents a few hours at a time, a few times a week, to the 3-year-old daughter of close friends and neighbors.   …

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Do the childfree get the shaft at work?

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). Just in time to stir up angst for the holiday season, CNN and The Fiscal Times look at how childfree people can get stuck working longer hours and less desirable days and shifts. "[I]t's often the childfree employees who pick up the slack because of a coworker's flexible schedule, holiday plans, or maternity leave," writes Katherine Reynolds Lewis in The Fiscal Times. She quotes Two Is Enough author Laura S. Scott (whom I interviewed earlier this year): "There's an assumption that …

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Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser won’t have kids for green reasons [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). Welcome to the GINK club, Vincent! (GINK = green inclinations, no kids.) Actor Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on Mad Men, tells MSNBC, "I've been a vegetarian for four years and I have chosen not to have children also, which are both green choices in my life." Kartheiser is also proudly car-free -- in Los Angeles.

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Oklahoma guv candidate slammed for being childfree woman

Oklahoma governor candidates Mary Fallin (left) and Jari AskinsThe Oklahoma governor's race has two highly experienced female politicians squaring off against each other -- Republican Mary Fallin and Democrat Jari Askins. But at a recent debate, when asked what set her apart as a candidate, Fallin didn't start off by talking about her experience in Congress or as lieutenant governor. Instead, she said, "First of all, being a mother, having children, raising a family" -- an apparent dig at Askins, who doesn't have kids. That cheap shot drew groans from some in the audience. Asked about her opponent's comment after …

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Population media awards go to me and other, more worthy journalists

I'm honored to have been named a winner of one of the Population Institute's Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting this year (aw, shucks), and humbled to be in the company of the other inspiring recipients. They've all done impressive work to bring awareness to population issues through all different kinds of media. Check them out:   Laurie Mazur, Best Book, for A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice, & The Environmental Challenge. It's on my bedside table; time to move it to the top of the stack. Mother Jones, Best Article or Series of Articles, for its May/June population-themed …

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A green guide to getting along for parents and the childfree

Lisa's posts about being a GINK (green inclinations, no kids) have provoked some feisty discussion, and that's great -- getting people to talk openly about the childfree option was one of her main goals. But when it gets to the point where parents and GINKs are hurling insults at each other and declaring that folks on the other side of the aisle can't be real environmentalists, then we've got a circular-firing-squad problem. We enviros are all on the same team, remember -- pushing for a cleaner, greener, saner, kinder world. We should be fighting apathy and pollutocrats, not each other. …

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Tyra Banks quizzes childfree couple [VIDEO]

This is the latest in a series of Saturday GINK videos about population and reproduction (or a lack thereof). Watch Tracy and Jared tell a slightly aghast Tyra Banks about their decision not to have kids: Both halves of the couple talk about how for years they couldn't find doctors who would sterilize them -- a common problem for the childfree. Their families aren't particularly supportive of their choice either. Tyra comes across as dubious, but she doesn't have kids herself, so maybe she'll ultimately join the ranks of the childfree by choice? Have a video on population or GINK …

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Discovery hostage taker was a population-obsessed eco-wacko

A 2008 mug shot of James J. Lee.It's not often that natalism makes the news -- and with guns and bombs and hostages, no less!  But population and procreation are in the headlines thanks to James J. Lee, the eco-wacko who took hostages at the Discovery headquarters building in Silver Spring, Md., before being shot by police. His list of demands, posted at savetheplanetprotest.com, is a teabagger's wet dream of enviro idiocy.  His primary obsession: "stopping the human race from breeding any more disgusting human babies!" For every human born, ACRES of wildlife forests must be turned into farmland in …

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The green message in 'Eat, Pray, Love'

Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert"Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face.  You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit."  So says our protagonist's best friend, a new mom, in an opening scene of the new movie Eat Pray Love. She goes on to confess that for years she kept a box of baby clothes under her bed, just waiting for her chance to become a mother.  Elizabeth Gilbert (as played by Julia Roberts) responds that she has a box just like that -- but it's stuffed with old issues of National …

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