We’ve touched on this one before but I ran across this image related to Jennifer Aniston’s public statements about people’s reaction to her deciding not to have kids right now. She labeled their reactions as sexist because men aren’t asked when they are having kids the way women are in our society.
I know I have a growing number of friends who really are not planning to have children and their decision appears to be culturally disruptive in general. Why does the choice of one person not to have kids evoke such strong reactions from other? Everything from, “wow, that’s so selfish” to “you don’t know what you’re missing” to “you’ll change your mind”.
I am 34 rolling up on 35 and I never saw myself not having kids, but as I get older it’s a little easier to picture life without birthing another human being. Adoption and fostering seem like perfectly wonderful options or even being a dedicated mentor and a kickass auntie.
I also read something recently about how parenting has turned into a kind of religion in the US which I suppose might begin to explain why the decision NOT to have kids evokes such emotional reactions from many.
What kind of reaction did you have to the image above?