Is It “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed” Not to Have Kids? Meghan Daum on Her New Book About Childlessness
What is disarming about the new anthology Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to Have Kids, edited by writer Meghan Daum, is how novel it feels. It is surprisingly rare to hear adults who have chosen not to have children talk about how and why they came to that decision. What’s especially refreshing about Daum’s anthology is its calm, fair tone, which sets it apart from most society-wide conversations about childlessness. There is no sneering, either at parents or at people who aren’t parents. There is no confusing biological imperatives with moral imperatives.