World Childless Week has been created by a British childless woman, Stephanie Phillips as a way to highlight the experience, individually and globally, of women and men who are childless not by choice. Each day of World Childless Week has a theme, and the theme for today, Thursday 14th September 2017 is Words that Hurt.
Please find out more, share your thoughts, images, experiences and stories of being childless-not-by choices either below in the comments, on the World Childless Week Facebook page (where most of the activity is taking place this first year), on Twitter at @ChildlessWeek (using the #hashtag #WorldChildlessWeek) or find out more at www.WorldChildlessWeek.com
For today’s theme on ‘Words that Hurt’ I wanted to share with you the TEDx talk I gave at TEDxHull in March 2017 The Lost Tribe of Childless Women in which I explore the classic ‘bingos’ that we’ve all heard, such as:
- You can always just adopt…
- Well, I guess if you’d really wanted children you would have tried harder…
- But I read this article…
- You’re so lucky you don’t have kids! You get to sleep in, and travel!
- Oh, kids are more trouble than they’re worth – have one of mine!
And I share what we’re REALLY thinking when people say them to us, well-meaning as they often are…
I also explore the classic, hurtful and reductive stereotypes that are applied to us, such as:
- Career Woman
- Crazy Cat Lady
I gave this talk as a way to introduce my tribe, the tribe of childless women to the world. Please feel free to share it on your social media platforms as a way to educated those dear friends and family who care about us and want to say the right thing, but often get it wrong! Here the link to share it: https://youtu.be/uufXWTHT60Y