‘Of course, raising children requires a huge amount of self-sacrifice’, she concludes, ‘but it’s not the only way to be self-sacrificing. The notion that it’s selfish to make choices that are actually going to help you live a life where you get to thrive, live the life that you want to live, have the energy and the resources at your disposal to be able to contribute to the world in some kind of way, also needs to be legitimised so that we are not making exceptions that really take the patriarchy into the future by stealth.’
Her words, and her book, explain all, and remind us that we are our own persons with choices that allow us to redefine tomorrow, and to develop lifestyles that other people without children can embrace and live without being judged or asked those inevitable questions like why not? Have you ever considered? Or worse, do you ever regret?
Women Without Kids by Ruby Warrington is published by Orion Publishing Group, and available from Amazon UK and US.