- by Faith Popcorn
The nuclear family is detonating.
The image of the perfect mom tending to her children used to be as American as apple pie. But now, a societal tsunami is underway, changing the way we see motherhood and questioning its primacy in the fabric of our culture.
Just look at the birthrate. In the 1970s, 1 in 10 American women were childless.
Today, the number is 1 in 5.
Childlessness is a trend soaring across all racial and ethnic groups, with women as young as 15 knowing that kids will not be a factor in their future.
And they’re refusing to apologize for it anymore.
In America, the over two million women who are bypassing babies are an ever more vocal group, with books, blogs, Facebook pages and even drinking games (swallow a shot every time someone says, “It’s different when they’re your own!”).
Millennial-focused media is just beginning to recognize this emerging mindset and celebrities are popularizing and glamorizing this path, too, with powerful women like Chelsea Handler, Zooey Deschanel and Cameron Diaz leading the charge.
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