Amy Blackstone in conversation with Nichole Bernier

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

From Dr. Amy Blackstone, childfree woman, co-creator of the blog we're {not} having a baby, and nationally recognized expert on the childfree choice, comes a definitive investigation into the history and current growing movement of adults choosing to forgo parenthood: what it means for our society, economy, environment, perceived gender roles, and legacies, and how understanding and supporting all types of families can lead to positive outcomes for parents, non-parents, and children alike.

As a childfree woman, Dr. Amy Blackstone is no stranger to a wide range of negative responses when she informs people she doesn't have--nor does she want--kids: confused looks, patronizing quips, thinly veiled pity, even outright scorn and condemnation. But she is not alone in opting out when it comes to children. More people than ever are choosing to forgo parenthood, and openly discussing a choice that's still often perceived as taboo. Yet this choice, and its effects personally and culturally, are still often misunderstood.

Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology, has been studying the childfree choice since 2008, a choice she and her husband had already confidently and happily made. Using her own and others' research as well as her personal experience, Blackstone delves into the childfree movement from its conception to today, exploring gender, race, sexual orientation, politics, environmentalism, and feminism, as she strips away the misconceptions surrounding non-parents and reveals the still radical notion that support of the childfree can lead to better lives and societies for all.

Dr. Amy Blackstone is a professor in Sociology and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, where she studies childlessness and the childfree choice, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. Her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including American Sociological Review, Law & Society Review, Sociology Compass, and Gender & Society. Professor Blackstone’s research has been featured by various media outlets including the Katie show, public radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, USA Today, New York, Huffington Post, and other local and national venues. Childfree by Choice is her first book.

NICHOLE BERNIER has written for publications including Psychology Today, Salon, Elle, Self, Health, and Men's Journal, a long time contributing editor with Condé Nast Traveler, and author of the novel, The Unfinished Work Of Elizabeth D. She lives in metrowest Boston with her family and a Bernese Mountain Dog, two cats, intermittent foster kittens and orphaned wildlife, a small flock of chickens, and two beehives.

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Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence By Dr. Amy Blackstone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744090
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Published: Dutton - June 11th, 2019

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The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.: A Novel By Nichole Bernier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307887825
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Published: Crown - March 12th, 2013

“A compelling mystery and a wise meditation on friendship, marriage, and motherhood.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine