When is a woman a “real woman”? When she has children of course! For many, it seems a woman without children is fair game for insults, stereotypes and exclusion.
Jody Day is a writer, social entrepreneur and trainee psychotherapist and the Founder of Gateway Women. Jody is neither a bitter spinster nor a dried up old hag, and puts her heart, mind, and soul into lovingly and mischievously subverting the negative stereotypes of the mad old cat lady. Kate Lawson is an Employment Solicitor and runs her own practice. Kate has an immense amount of love to give. Having given up on the human offspring idea after 5 courses of IVF, she showers her love on stepchildren, a stepgrandson, 7 godchildren, 4 nephews and 2 cats.
Despite the differing circumstances of these three women, they have one thing in common – the negative way in which people relate to them. The perceptions of childless and childfree women make life difficult. Using stereotypes to define a woman and her role in life is damaging to her and to society in general – people forget they are dealing with other people who are flesh and blood like them. Astute Radio goes beyond the stereotype and talk with the person.
Are you childless or childfree woman? What stereotypes have you been subject to? Do you think childless and childfree men get treated differently to childless and childfree women? Who causes you the most grief?
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Listen to what Jody and Kate had to say:
Read Sepi Roshan’s Astute Radio blog about being childfree: click here