Contrary to popular belief, all women do not want to have children. Shocking, I know.

I was watching the Today Show this morning, when they profiled Lilit Marcus, a woman who proudly does not want to have children. Although she is fairly certain in her decision, many have told her that she’ll probably change her mind…eventually.

Since the beginning of time, women have been taught that being a mother completes us and makes us “real women.” Although this is total bullshit (and I say this as the mother of a 5-year-old), many of us have fallen for the rhetoric.

Thankfully, more and more women are choosing what’s actually best for them, whether that means being a mother or staying childfree.

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With the economy still struggling, it’s no surprise that more and more couples are choosing to remain childfree. Not only does it save money (do you know how much I pay in tuition for my son’s private kindergarten? Shesh!), but remaining childfree allows couples to have more freedom and spontaneity.

Whether you decide to dive headfirst into motherhood or remain blissfully childfree, the beauty is, the choice is yours. With a bevy of birth control and family planning options available, the only person who can control your choice to live life with or without a child is you.

What do you think, Clutchettes? Do you plan on having children one day? Why or why not?

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  • Adelsia

    Husband FREE. ChildFREE. Lovin’ it and gone stay that way. My time is my own. I come and go as I please. I answer to no one and do as I wish. If that is selfish then so be it. I don’t care. Would rather make selfish decisions than stupid ones that are in totak contradiction to my wants, need, deires, dreams, goals, and ambitions. Live your life for you and no one else.

  • StarDust92

    It’s great to find other black women who feel the same way as I do. Like someone earlier said “live your life for you”. I’m 20 years old also and there are so many of us babies having babies with no life experience, some of us without goals, desires and dreams. Some end up having kids then decide they didn’t want them so that’s how you get these child neglect cases and babies ending up in the oven (perfect reason to keep abortion sound and legal). Anyways, I feel better to know there are Black women who feel the same way as me. Life is too short, live as you want to and do what you want to.

  • ebony

    Waiting for the men to come on here and say how selfish it is to not want children.