Wow! Huge thanks to blogger Emily Bashforth for featuring my TEDx talk, "I Don't Want Children—Stop Telling Me I'll Change My Mind" in her amazing list: "21 Inspiring/Educational TED Talks That Will Change Your Life!" I'm honored to be cited alongside such notable speakers! "Christen Reighter challenges the gender role created for women by society that they are destined… Continue reading New list of “inspiring/educational TED Talks” includes Christen Reighter’s TEDx talk on roles, autonomy, and living Childfree
This beautifully written post responds to my TEDx talk using her own honest, heartfelt experience of being a woman without children for different and significant reasons than my own. It’s an honor for my talk to have inspired such an intimate offering into a person’s life, especially one that touches on some very sensitive topics that are long past due for discussion out of the shadow of social shame.
If everyone avoided this topic because of how uncomfortable it is, nobody would know why it can be so painful for some. Instead of feeling awkward about the topic, learn from it.”
Thank you, @insomniadoodles. Fantastically written, inspiring post.
I don’t normally do this on my blog, but for this particular subject, I will add a content warning:
– suicidal thoughts
– societal gender roles
If these topics are triggering to you, please do not read this article.
I decided to write this after watching this wonderful TED Talk.
Please take a moment to watch this before continuing.
I am a 27 year-old female. I have never had children, and I do not plan to. This is not because I have some aversion to motherhood. I like children. I think that I could be a good parent if I ever decided to adopt, but I have no interest in birthing my own child. My reasoning is different from Christen, as I am deciding not to have children because of some health complications that could be life-threatening in pregnancy. I have a pituitary disorder called Panhypopituitarism which causes…
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