Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
How to Be ChildlessA History and Philosophy of Life Without Children$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rachel Chrastil

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190918620

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190918620.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 November 2019



(p.61) 4 Shouts
How to Be Childless

Rachel Chrastil

Oxford University Press

In the 1970s, after the baby boom hiatus, childlessness returned to prominence. By the 1970s, in contrast with previous centuries, the complex reasons that women ended up without children were openly reframed as the willful exercise of choice. The Pill, the rising importance of self-actualization, and economic opportunity costs all became explanations for the return of childlessness, although none of these are completely satisfactory. American child-free advocates began to argue that childlessness was not only an acceptable path but also a better choice than parenthood. Moral outrage characterized debates over childlessness in the 1970s.

Keywords:   childless, childlessness, voluntary childlessness, childless by choice, 1970s, the Pill, self-actualization, Second Demographic Transition

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .