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Baby + Plane [Jul. 15th, 2007|02:59 pm]
Child Free: Feminism
Recently a mother and her 19-month-old child were taken off a plane for her son's disruptive behavior (source) and later while being interviewed with Diane Sawyer the child was removed from the set after being disruptive (source). Feel free to read the articles and my own take was largely this was quite an emotionally driven story and I would still like to hear something from the flight attendant before I point a finger anywhere.

But this article has got me thinking: what are believable requests that can be asked of guardians with young children while on a plane? I think we can all agree a plane is a very specific and exceptional environment. Are there ever limits that could be asked and what are they?
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(no subject) [Jul. 15th, 2007|10:01 am]
Child Free: Feminism
An interesting pattern: one who defines them self as childfree does not immediately entail that they define them self as feminist.

I have found this to be an interesting point lately as more often than not feminist childfree discussion seems consistently derailed because of: "Well look at that community over there!" So, what are your feelings and thoughts on this? Do you believe that childfree and feminism absolutely goes hand in hand or is this a mythic idea that consistently deviates from necessary childfree conversation?
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Childfree Channel [May. 28th, 2007|05:32 pm]
Child Free: Feminism
Checked the rules and this seems okay to post here but if it's unwelcome I'll take it down. Over the next few days/weeks I'll be doing a series of childfree related posts in my journal and anyone wanting to hop over and look or discuss is certainly welcome.
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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?
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