07 Apr '11, 3pm

Is coming out as childfree like coming out as gay?

Part of the problem is that people view being childfree AS a "lifestyle" choice. I know some people still feel being Gay is a "lifestyle" choice, too, but most have come around to the idea that Gay people are born that way. I bet you could ask anyone and they would tell you that humans are hardwired to want babies. Anyone diverging from that path is just exercising a choice. That may be true for some childfree people. I know some who have said the do have procreating pangs (i.e. hear the biological clock) or fantasize about what potential children might look like when they meet a great potential partner. Some childfree people are infertile but chose to accept that and not adopt children, thus remaining childfree by choice. However, I can honestly tell you that I have never, EVER felt any of those longings or "what if" moments with regards to children, and I'm not infertile...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/childfree/2011-04-07-is-coming-out-a...

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