September 19, 2007

My Purple Identity

Some Purple WomenTM are single. Some Purple WomenTM are married. Some will marry a man who already has children from a previous union. Yes, women who are step-parents strongly identify as childfree. That's something I have learned along my purple journey these last two years.

No matter what your marital status, single or married --- (BTW, why do they ask if you've ever been Divorced on these doctor's office forms? It's none of their damn businesses. Please tell them so) -- I say we are Purple.

Am I childless, child-free or childfree? Depends on who you ask. Personally, I choose to define myself. I am Purple, and sometimes that's hard to define.


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4 comments:

LauraS said...

I understand why "childfree" is preferred by most as a way to describe themselves, but I like to describe myself as childless by choice. For me this shows intention and reminds people that we do have a choice.

Sometimes "less" is more if it is chosen.

Angry Grrl said...

Me, I prefer the world "childfree" because to my mind, childLESS implies a lack, a longing for something that's missing. And I really just don't feel that anything is missing. :)

Tanya said...

To me, childfree means you are free from kids and have been free to make that choice.

Childless implies, to me, that you wanted them but never had them.

My husband and I are childfree. We have made the choice willingly and stick to it. Our lives are free to do as we please and I don't feel any 'less' a woman for not having a child.

Angie said...

"BTW, why do they ask if you've ever been Divorced on these doctor's office forms? It's none of their damn businesses."

Oh, this drives me CRAZY too!