No Kids

No Kids

40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children

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The shocking treatise that was a bestselling international media sensation upon its 2007 publication in France now makes its eagerly anticipated English-language debut.

A mother of two herself, Maier makes her deadly serious, if at times laugh-out-loud-funny, argument with all the unbridled force of her famously wicked intellect. In forty to-the-point, impressively erudite chapters drawing on the realms of history, child psychology, politics, and the environment, Maier effortlessly skewers the idealized notion of parenthood as a natural and beautiful endeavour. Enough with this “baby-mania” that is plaguing modern society, says Maier, it’s nothing but brainwashing. Are you prepared to give up your free time, dinners with friends, spontaneous romantic getaways, and even the luxury of uninterrupted thought for the “vicious little dwarves” that will treat you like their servant, cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, and end up resenting you?

Speaking to the still “child-free”, to fellow suffering parents, and to adamant procreationists alike, No Kids is a controversial, thought-provoking, and undeniably entertaining read.

Reasons to avoid having kids:

•You will lose touch with your friends
•Your sex life will be over
•Children cost a fortune
•Child-rearing is endless drudgery
•Vacations will be nightmares
•You’ll lose your identity and become just “mom” or “dad”
•Your children will become mindless drones of capitalism
•The planet’s already overcrowded
•Your children will inevitably disappoint you

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780771054778
0771054777
Characteristics: 126 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Watson, Patrick 1929-
Alternative Title: No kid

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Jun 04, 2012

One of the most serious questions of our time. Sadly, this book doesn't measure up, but the title should make people at least reflect on the issue. I found many of the reasons extremely shallow and some are even outright wrong. Yet, #39 discusses the overpopulation of our planet and the overconsumption of resources by those in wealthy nations.

VanessaM Sep 21, 2009

Interesting, and many of the points were extremely valid. If I lived in France, this would probably be a 5 star book. Sadly, it's a translation, and I missed many of the cultural references, and some of the phrases were not clearly explained.

I'd love to see something similar with a North American perspective.

AD_Library Sep 20, 2009

Reason # 15: "Kids are unbaised allies of capitalism"

If you like where this is going, I recommend flipping through this very short read.
I applaud the author for her honesty- but keep in mind this is the "devil's advocate" view of a seldom debated issue.

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