There’s also the common assumption that with no kids, people must have a lot of free personal time, and the work-life balance does not really apply to them. As Melanie Notkin, author of Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, puts it, “It’s rare that childless workers are thought to have a life outside of work, so ‘what’s to balance?’ some may think.”
"Notkin, author of Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, will deliver a keynote based on the book. “The myopic view of mother as all women establishes women who don’t have children ...Read More »
"Notkin, author of Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, will deliver a keynote based on the book. “The myopic view of mother as all women establishes women who don’t have children as the ‘other’ to mother,” she explained. The consequences of this othering are significant: “If we are ‘other’ to mother then we will never live our full authentic lives, because we will always be measured against what society believes to be our potential.” This, according to Notkin, is an important issue feminism has yet to fully address."
Melanie Notkin writes in the Washington Post Solo-ish column about why she prefers the term "childless" over "childfree."
I was only trying to make conversation, as one does at a party. But when I was...Read More »
In advance of Melanie Notkin's keynote speech at the first Not-Mom Summit on Friday, October 9, 2015, she was invited on the IdeaStream show on NPR, Cleveland OH to discuss Otherhood.
Listen in her...Read More »
I asked Melanie Notkin what she thought of Cattrall’s parenting comments. Notkin, an aunt to six nieces and nephews, is the creator of Savvy Auntie, an online community for PANKS (that’s professional ...Read More »
The large-scale derision of Cattrall’s maternal-ness also lays bare how resentful many still feel toward a 59-year-old woman who opted out of motherhood proper. Childless women are very often still cr...Read More »
But others think it’s unfair to blame Type A personality traits and career focus for one’s single status.
“Singles aren’t waiting for life to happen to them,” argues Melanie Notkin, cultural anthro...Read More »
PANKs are Professional Aunts, No Kids, and, according to the World Travel Mart Global Trends Report, this is a "key emerging demographic".
The number of PANKs in the United States alone is estimat...Read More »
"Cafés like KitTea might be planning special events for new holidays geared for the burgeoning demographic, like Aunties’ Day on July 26 that was founded by Melanie Notkin to honor and celebrate aunts...Read More »
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