Despite unexpected audio problems, Lilith and Balthazar are back for Season 2… if not (yet) with the audio quality to which you’ve grown accustomed! It seems we still have a few kinks to work out of our new and hopefully soon-to-be improved recording methods.
This time we’re catching up after some recent holidays and celebrations. We’ll talk about how breeders negatively impacted our past Valentine’s Day dates, Balt’s birthday & Mothers’ Day! How have irresponsible and inconsiderate parents impacted your own special events and celebrations? If you’re a childfree woman, how do you handle Mother’s Day? We want to know! We’ll also update you on how far the podcast has spread across the map in our absence.
Listen to this Childfree Loudmouths Podcast episode through one of your favorite podcast services (iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and more) and come back again in two weeks for the next installment when you can hear more of your stories from listener mail! In the meantime, Loudmouths, be loud & be proud! (You can connect with us on Twitter @CFLoudmouths; Lil said it wrong in the episode. Oops!)
Childfree Loudmouths’ co-hosts, Lilith & Balthazar, are back! We’re sharing more listener e-mails (moderately edited for clarity and length), one of which includes a listener-submitted parent-couple which was chosen as our Asshole(s) of the Week for their bullying behavior! After dissecting the e-mails for more reasons which might fit into Balt’s previous theory that the reasons for breeding come down to two motivations, we get personal. Balt shares some of his reproductive history, his experience with getting a vasectomy and he addresses […]
Childfree Loudmouths’ co-hosts, Lilith & Balthazar, share listener submissions from our twitter’s last call to action: “What’s the most metal thing about being childfree?” After a debate as to whether parents put more thought into a vehicle purchase or the financial obligations of parenthood, discover the lucky #entitledbreeder who earned our Asshole of the Week spot. With Listener Mail from Sarah & AndThisStillLife, we share responses from fans including how they’ve experienced bullying behavior from breeders for being childfree as well as some of our favorite tweets since the last episode and exploring the phenomenon of “lawnmower parenting“.
In this episode, Balt suggests every rationale to breed comes down to two reasons; listen to […]
Childfree adults have a basic need (and right) to have environments which foster adult-only spaces and interactions.
Since we’ve had to unexpectedly delay the release of Episode 3 due to some hardware and WiFi issues with the computer which has the editing software installed, we decided to give you another blog post to tide you over! Continuing our discussion on the article about adult bullying Balt shared in Episode 2, let’s look at the ways childfree by choice people and their needs may be ignored or excluded by our larger culture and individual parents (or their cliques) in specifically social settings.
Being Ignored or Excluded
As much as child-free people are put on the spot and harassed for their decision, one might think that being ignored or excluded isn’t a relevant factor in the bullying of those without children. But, on closer examination, it’s not uncommon for animated talks around the water cooler about family and children to go silent as we walk into the room. We often will receive glares and rebukes if we try to offer our views to participate in the conversation. Once valued friendships can become neglected and abandoned by new parents once the first child is born; there’s no more time for adult friendships with the childfree when there’s a baby and family to care for. Unwarranted pitying looks from those who have started having children are commonplace to those who are kid-free, followed by silence and solitude once old friends eventually accept that we will not give in to peer pressure to procreate. As the parents herd themselves together, the childfree are left to seek out other adults with similar freedom and interests because many of the supportive relationships we’ve fostered over the years have been discarded with the baby’s bathwater. New relationships can be […]
In our last podcast episode, Balt shared an article about adult bullying and hypothesized that this dynamic is an accurate description of how our larger culture and individual parents (or their cliques) treat people in the childfree by choice community. If this theory is correct, let’s look at one of the ways that behavior might manifest.
Labels & Stereotypes
“You’re so selfish and self-absorbed for not having kids.”
“You’ll never know the true meaning of what it is to love someone until you are a parent.”
We’ve heard them all. While we may not have to worry about name-calling quite so much as adults, labels and stereotypes for childfree populations are numerous. We’re told we’re sad, lonely, bereft, and inferior… that our choices, relationships and […]
We all have a story… okay, we all have lots of stories. Some of us have multitudes. The point is, we are an underrepresented demographic of the population and our stories are worthy of being heard. We want to help by sharing our platform and fostering a community which elevates the voices of the childfree community. Share your story with us so we can share it with the world (and yes, we will give you anonymity unless you specifically tell us you want us to use your name).
We’re looking for stories from people who are: […]
Public Facebook posts discussed in this Childfree Loudmouths episode.
Meet the Childfree Loudmouths’ co-hosts, Lilith and Balthazar, in our debut episode as we give a brief recap on when we knew the decision to be child free was right for us. Get an earful of what to expect in future episodes, hopefully to include interviews, listener mail and the evisceration of hate mail. This episode also includes the first (but not the last) examination of children and parenting in social media. Get ready to be loud & proud. […]
Welcome to the Childfree Loudmouths Podcast! Lilith and Balthazar are here to provide you with a safe haven filled with humor, sanity and a total irreverence for the parenting-cult our society supports. Let’s be honest- our culture caters to the “Mommy Bosses,” “Helicopter Parents,” and self-entitled “Breeders” who put less thought, planning and effort into reproducing and raising a child than they do into purchasing a new car and passing a licensing exam. […]