Women don’t forget to have children

Despite what New York Magazine might tell you, women don’t forget to have children. Women who don’t have children often choose to remain childless after careful consideration. According to this article in Stylist, a UK magazine, women in the United Kingdom are choosing “between motherhood and solvency.” It’s not just about education eating into prime conception years anymore; job insecurity, stagnating wages and the rising cost of living have made having children financially unwise for many women who always envisioned themselves having kids:

Of course, most women could have a baby – plenty do on far lesser salaries than ours – or even no wage at all. But it seems that’s not what we want. When we imagined becoming a mum, we didn’t picture a life of coupon cutting, eating the same cheap baked beans we lived on as students and buying our children’s clothes from charity shops. We knew that a holiday home and first-class travel might be ambitious, but we assumed that if we and our partner had decent jobs, we’d have enough money to have one home and pay for a babysitter at least once a week. But while nobody was looking parenthood has become something only few can afford to consider.

Go read the rest on page 62 of Stylist.

Thanks to my stylish sister, tipster extraordinaire, for the tip!

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/courtroommama/ Courtroom Mama

    Hmm… sounds familiar.

  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    I agree. Even though the both of us have no desire to have children ever, we simply couldn’t do it with the income we both have. Assuming I was ever able to hold down employment and have a period of relative stable health, it would still be a financial challenge. You can raise a child where the cost of living is cheaper, but sacrifice healthy food and competent education. The same status symbols are present now as were present before, but I’m not the sort of person who ever found the notion of disposable income all that appealing in the first place.

  • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    I never wanted to have children. And I always remember that!