Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids

Women who choose not to have children are often stigmatized, and even labelled with some pretty insulting adjectives. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed are among those adjectives. It’s also the title of this book, “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed“, of essays by 16 different writers, both male and female, about choosing not to become a parent.

It uses humor to counter the societal accusations of selfishness often directed towards women who choose something other than motherhood for personal fulfillment. Although some mixed reviews exist on the book, they also attempt to dispel some of the myths surrounding motherhood, such as that women have a biological need to reproduce and that nothing else in life is as meaningful as having children.

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