Do I Have to Be a Mother? (Paperback)
A Childfree Woman's Honest and Unspoken Thoughts and Feelings
Woman Books, 9788799905607, 170pp.
Publication Date: July 18, 2016
No children by choice, chance or circumstance. We are neither villains nor victims. Women do not deserve to be treated with disdain or pity. A childfree woman describes in an honest, strong and very personal way the thoughts and feelings associated with not having the desire to have children in the world where motherhood is seen as the most natural part of being a woman. "What I know for sure is that this topic is not just an issue between the world and me. The weight of expectations and performance anxiety are the faithful companions of motherhood, while our childfree lifestyle evokes myths and prejudices about us as either bad feminists or selfish, shallow and self-absorbed people. However, the rules do not apply to us, because the reasons for remaining childfree are as varied as they are personal. What we really have in common is dealing with the emotions that we experience when other people don't understand that femininity and motherhood are two separate concepts, and they do not necessarily go together," says Karin. Her memoir is written for those of you who do not have children, but sometimes still feel different, alone and outside when dealing with societal expectations, myths and prejudices related to the cultural norm that every woman should want to be a mother. You may also occasionally fear being lonely or regretting not having children later on. Karin has always known that she does not want to have children. You will be able to recognize yourself in her portrait and common experiences, and the real stories will help you to deal with social situations where you do not feel as comfortable as you would like about your childfree lifestyle. How to be a woman having no kids? This manifesto provides insight into meetings and discussions with other childfree women telling the truth about the facts of life as a not mom. Through her own experiences and thoughtful consideration, the author describes a path to separate motherhood from your female identity, and understanding that your life is not about what you are, but who you are. Karin Rahbek has been a spokeswoman for childfree women, and is the founder of a social network and a dating site for childfree men and women searching for love or new friends. She has written the autobiography she herself had searched for in vain.
About the Author
Karin Rahbek is author of Do I Have To Be A Mother? - A Childfree Woman's Honest And Unspoken Thoughts And Feelings, which tell her childfree life story of dealing with the emotions that we experience when other people don't understand that femininity and motherhood are two separate concepts, and they do not necessarily go together. She is featured as an Unclassified Woman and writer for the magazine PoliticsMeansPolitics.com. In Denmark the book has been featured in many of the country's newspapers and magazines. Karin has participated on several tv programs. The Danish publisher encouraged Karin to have the book translated into English. Karin Rahbek is a well-known spokeswoman for childfree women and the founder of a social network and dating site for childfree people. She was born in 1975 and currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark with her husband and their two spoiled feline queens.