I am sure that some in the childfree movement feel so self-conscious about their choice not to raise kids that they need, occasionally, to create a smug, in-your-face manifesto.
The latest missive from the childfree movement, which has been around since the 1960s, comes in awash in green.
Lisa Hymas, in an essay at Grist*, claims that humans who choose not nurture other humans are making an admirable choice for the planet, and their pocketbooks.
Hymas, a disciple of Al Gore and Stephanie Mills of the Post Carbon Institute (think about that one, for a moment), writes that being childfree is a “luxurious indulgence that just so happens to cost a lot less for me and weigh a lot less on the carbon-bloated atmosphere.”
Hymas does not avoids mentioning adoption, abortion or infanticide, issues that would have introduced some ethical complexity to the piece.
Hymas also uses a hackneyed rhetorical technique — the false premise — to get her point across.
She suggests, without any supporting evidence, that people with kids typically look down on those who have none.
A link to HuffPo’s coverage of Hymas’ manifesto, is below.
*Note: I have written for Grist myself, about environmental issues.