I am concerned about overpopulation, but the more compelling reason why I'm Childfree is because of the time-opportunity-cost of children. I never believed the "have it all" myth as it always seemed to defy basic logic. A person can't do two things equally well at the same time. We can't be in two places at once. Teleportation only exists in science fiction. Did breeders watch too much Star Trek?
If overpopulation was not currently a problem I still wouldn't have children.
I don't actively dislike children and also have a social conscience. If there was imminent risk of the human race disappearing, I might put myself out to repopulate. George Clooney and I would save the day. But am so glad that's an unlikely and purely hypothetical scenario. Then again, there would be many benefits raising a child without the company of other parents. No one to provide unsolicited advice, no kindercrap, and no one to bore me with conversations about their little Bratley. (She's gifted you know). The child could provide farm labour and wouldn't know the meaning of peer pressure or pester power.
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No. Overpopulation is just one of many reasons why I don't want kids. If overpopulation wasn't an issue, all of my other reasons would still be there. The main one being I don't like kids.
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No, I wouldn't have children either. Overpopulation is more strangely coincidental; I knew I didn't want children before I knew overpopulation existed. I wasn't sheltered, I was just an early articulator! I have to admit though, I do love how being CF fits into my value system so smoothly.
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No, I wouldn't either. I actually think the nature in this world would be better off without us humans, though part of me would be sad at the loss of good things humans bring, like art, music, positive aspects of culture, creation, thought etc. However my reasons for being CF are so long that even if a bunch were removed from the list I'd still be on this road. This applies to this question too.
No. The main reasons I don't want kids are (in order); they annoy the fuck out of me, they are a time suck and would prevent me from doing what I want (my career, research, teaching, travel), the idea of pregnancy and birth repulses me, I don't want to be dragged into outdated gender roles (I notice that this happens after breeding, suddenly she ends up as 'Mummy' with all its connotation, whether she wanted this pre-pregnancy or not, I don't want to be a single mother and I also don't want to live with my partner (gender roles again). These are all personal reasons.
However, environmental reasons factor big in why I oppose natalism / pronatalism in political / policy / economic discourses. There are other reasons too (to do with equality, and also gender, etc.) - but this is the biggie for me. I also support other environmental policies and initiatives and try to live in an environmentally conscious way in other ways too.
So there is a difference between my personal and political response.
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Environmental issues had absolutely nothing to do with my decision.
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