An aging Australian male politician accused a younger Australian female politician of being unfit to be in government because she does not have children, apparently by choice. This has resulted in a new emergence of the childfree by choice debate and much blogging about the issue.
I’ve written previously about my choice not to be a breeder. The issue continues to receive regular media coverage and research. After going to a BBQ last weekend where my girlfriend and I were the only couple without children, my views are confirmed; children are not for me, and I find parents who can talk about nothing but their children make me want to escape the room. I like them as people but find that I no longer have anything in common with them.
A feature of recent Australian political discourse is the constant reference to ‘families’, which is usually used to refer to average working people who are likely to be parents and have little interest in politics – standard swinging voters. A 2006 BBC article notes that the childfree can resent being ignored as a distinct demographic by government and employers. This may become and increasing issue in Australia too.
I’m sick of having to defend my views. I really don’t care what breeders think of me but some people find it difficult and are childfree but in the closet about it. Governments don’t realise how much society is changing because not enough childfree people are vocal about their life choices.