Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Life as a woman with no children in Australian society project

Thank you for your support recruiting women for the Life as a woman with no children in Australian society project in 2014 and 2015. 

A total of 776 women aged 25 to 44 years was recruited and 294 women aged 45 to 64 years. A summary of findings is available from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-in-Australian-society-as-a-woman-with-no-children/592205344191162 or by contacting one of the research team.

We are now conducting a follow up research project to explore life in Australian society for women with no children aged 65 years or more. This time we hope to recruit at least 200 women with no children aged 65 years or more living in Australia, to complete an anonymous online questionnaire or a self-administered postal questionnaire.

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If you have any queries, please contact me at taylor.n@deakin.edu.au, Dr Melissa Graham at melissa.graham@deakin.edu.au, or Professor Ann Taket at ann.taket@deakin.edu.au.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Taylor Nally
On behalf of the research team

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A species in plague proportions kills one of a species in danger of extinction

Sometimes things happen that really, REALLY make it hard for me to tolerate our species.

This week an extremely rare and beautiful animal was killed because an extremely common and poorly parented animal happened to get too close to it.

A species in plague proportions chose to kill one of a species in danger of extinction.

Are we fucking mad? The answer seems obvious.

Today on Australian news there was a report of a woman being taken by a crocodile.

Two women, walking arm in arm, hip deep in a river in the far north of Australia, where crocodiles fucking live, was taken. Why anyone is surprised is beyond me.

Anyone with half a brain cell knows that IS HOW crocodiles operate and that IS WHERE crocodiles are!

To me this seems like natural selection at work. But Australians have a long history of thinking that killing animals will spread some message of warning to the other animals to stop eating humans. We do it with sharks, Dingos, and Crocodiles to name a few. But we stop short of culling the biggest killer on our planet (after mosquitoes obviously).

One of Australia's moronic, obnoxious and stupid, stupid politicians, Bob Catter, has suggested that we should go out and hunt more crocodiles to stop this happening.

I suggest we go out and hunt more humans to stop this happening.

We have become far too tolerant of idiots, racists, bigots, morons, and plain fools and they are running the planet.

What can we do people?

Democracy is broken. It is a broken game and stupid people get to vote too.

We need something else because, until then, nothing will change.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Don't worry, we are still here...kind of...

Hi all,

It has been ages since I posted to this page so I thought I'd better do something to move the last sweary and aggressive sounding post down a bit :-)

As with much of the world, we are now doing most of our posting and interactions on Facebook.

We are nearly at 4000 likes, and that is "organic" likes. We have bought any fake likes or anything daft like that.

Real people really liking it.

I think that is great.


This page will remain as the primary source of archived articles and links. So feel free to browse through as well as "Like" our Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to hearing from you.

David

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SBS goes mad for the Child Free

SBS television Australia has run a couple of Child Free themed TV shows lately.

Last night the Insight program aired a discussion (I think you call it) on the subject.

I found it a bit frustrating and not actually all that much new and interesting showed up...but I have been working in this area for 16 years and living it my whole life so no surprise there I guess.

And the SBS program The Feed has a recent story on-line here.

Watching ‪Insight‬ last night got me a little riled and I was, let's say, a little belligerent and sarcastic with my comments.

I wondered why I got like that.

Sure I've been at the coal face of this subject for 16 years or so now and obviously living it for many more before that.

Maybe I was just bored with it.

Some conclusions I/we'd reached a long time ago surfaced on the show, so that was good e.g. the fact that there is no right answer - no matter how many kids you do or don't have someone will always tell you you are doing it wrong.

I was particularly annoyed with how so many "friends" of the child free felt sad for us and focused on all the negative aspects of their own lives.

There was a religious women who despaired for her childfree friend because she wasn't using her God given womanhood.

I wanted to punch the bitch. How rude she was, and, let's face it, completely fucking wrong.

There was the guy who looked like he was going to burst into tears at any time because he and his wife had failed to sort this issue out before they got married. Spot the doomed relationship.

There were a couple of Doe-eyed folk who seemed particularly jealous and annoyed at the fact that someone had chosen not to do something they couldn't.

Sure, it may be sad for YOU that you can't have kids, but feeling sad for us and dwelling on it yourself helps no-one...especially you.

To me they are like the people who put flowers on the power poles that their loved one crashed into and died at...

...a painful reminder that will keep being painful if that is how you choose to focus on the event.

If you can't have kids deal with it; adopt, be a great aunt, maybe even fight it with your funds on a medical front, but for fuck's sake don't sit there and mope because, I for one, regardless of the reason, don't want to hang around people who fail to get off their arse.

You know what, Magic DOESN'T Happen but we do have a fair chance of getting what we focus on and work for. It is then our choice as to what those targets are, good or bad, whether we know it or not.

The Feed program, which can be watched online, was less annoying to some degree but I was disappointed that they'd gone down the stereotype path.

Sure the stereotypes exist but there is a far deeper story at play in the CF community and wankers with flash cars, even if they are me, are simply not the majority.

There was a lovely level headed couple who did a great job. They weren't bothered and they had clearly thought this through.

Bravo to them! :-)

The show is worth watching just for them. I saw show, it is a 5 minute segment.

David

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Are you a woman who has no children and aged between 45 and 64 years? If so, we would love to hear from you!


Are you a woman who has no children 
and aged between 45 and 64 years?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are conducting research about life for women with no children in Australian society.

If you would like to take part, please visit the following link to complete the anonymous online questionnaire, which will take only 30 minutes of your time!


For further information, please visit


or contact Beth Turnbull at b.turnbull@deakin.edu.au



The results are in...

A while back we published a request for survey participants here.

Well the research is done and here's the reply we got about it...

"Thank you for your support recruiting women for the Life as a woman with no children in Australian society project in 2014. A total of 776 women aged 25 to 44 years was recruited and a summary of findings is available from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-in-Australian-society-as-a-woman-with-no-children/592205344191162 or by contacting one of the research team. You will also find links to media interviews relating to the research on the Facebook page."


If you can't see the Facebook page for some reason or have questions then please contact 

Beth Turnbull at b.turnbull@deakin.edu.au
Dr Melissa Graham at melissa.graham@deakin.edu.au
Dr Hayley McKenzie athayley.m@deakin.edu.au,or 
Professor Ann Taket at ann.taket@deakin.edu.au.