|Quite the Quandry
||[May. 27th, 2007|11:57 am]
Child Free: Feminism
I'm increasingly trying to be childfree vocal. This has happened as the result of two equally important threads in my life: (1) realizing how the childfree are consistently portrayed (if at all) in popular media and (2) my constant shock and surprise at my peers (I'm in my early 20s) who have never heard of the phrase or ever given thought to not having children. Fortunately, my SO is childfree as well and I have a lot of productive banter with him.|
However, I have found that any time I make a childfree post in my LiveJournal that I (1) receive unhelpful comments, (2) unhelpful e-mails, and (3) unhelpful posts in other people's journals commenting on my post but not specifically linking to my post. I view my journal as a learning journal (for the most part) and by "unhelpful" I mean the comments slide into the standard fair of "selfish," "bitter," "going to die old and alone," and "you hate children and must hate women then."
And I really struggle and am at a loss about what to do. I think for the most part I'm handling it fairly well but how do you react to the negative tangents directed at the childfree? And specifically as feminists, how do you negotiate such harsh response directed at you from other feminists?