Christen Reighter is a writer and speaker based in Colorado who advocates for the Childfree by Choice option.
Watch the viral TEDx talk that is helping start the conversation about roles and living Childfree by Choice.
Hi Christen! Last night I watched your Ted Talk and it really inspired me. I have always known that I do not want to give birth to a child. When I tell my mom this, tears build in her eyes and she says that since I am young I am just saying that. God gave you a gift to have children and you will have them. It’s always been a struggle for me when she says that. I feel like I am not the daughter she hoped for. I tell her that I am going to foster and adopt kids and give a child a loving home to live in. I really do not see what is wrong with that. Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the message my mother should have.”
—via Facebook message
It’s a story told often enough that it’s familiar to everyone. You tell someone “I don’t want children,” and the reply is “You’ll change your mind.” Well, some people really do not want children. It’s just not something they want for themselves. And that’s fine! Christen Reighter gave an insightful TED Talk on the obstacles women face when they decide not to have children…” — Bellephill – comfort zone via facebook