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I am Childfree, and that shouldn't be a big deal.
Here are some quick facts about me:
- I am female.
- I do not have children
- I do not want children
That first statement probably didn't get any reaction. The second might get me some weird looks, but usually nothing more. However, something about that last statement makes me a freak of nature to many people.
What is it about being Childfree that makes people recoil in horror? I don't hate kids. I don't go out of my way to hurt or insult a child. And yet, people make myself and other Childfree people out to be baby-murdering monsters.
Why don't you want any children?
If you were to ask this question to 100 Childfree people, you would get at least 120 answers. There are many reasons people choose to be Childfree, from not wanting to pass on faulty genes to finding kids revolting to knowing they would be a lousy parent and anything and everything in between and all around.
Or they can be like me, and simply not have any interest in the tykes. Sure, being Asexual means that I don't even want to do the thing that makes babies in the first place, but even the thought of adoption doesn't appeal to me.
Everyone wants children! Surely, you have some deep-rooted problem, and that is the reason you don't want children!
What do you think about people that are Childfree?
Why don't I want a dog? Why don't I want to live in Arkansas? Why don't I want to be a mechanic? I simply don't want to. All of these are valid choices if you want them, and it's just as valid if you don't want them. Why should being Childfree be any different than my choice in pets, home, or career?
We make decisions for our lives that make us happy. The only person that knows what decisions will make them happy is the person making that decision. Nobody will be mad at somebody for not wanting to adopt a dog, and they won't be seen as dog killers. Choosing not to have children should be seen the same way. It is a choice, and it bears no meaning to a Childfree person's personality or humanity as what they had for dinner last night.
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