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from july 2010

"My friends and I have occasionally likened coming out as child-free to coming out as a gay person 40 or 50 years ago. There's the same sense of shock - perhaps that's too strong a word. But it's a lifestyle people don't expect and it may challenge their world view," says 31-year-old Rhona Sweeting.


i agree. a lot of thins told to a child free person; you'll change your mind when you meet the right person,and being called unnatural or a freak is what many homosexual people had to put up with.



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Date: 2010-10-12 01:22 am (UTC)
nokidsdammit: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nokidsdammit
I don't know of anyone who has been beaten, tortured, killed, or committed suicide because of it, unlike being homosexual.

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Date: 2010-10-12 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] the_warehouse
Agreed. I think homosexuals in the 1960s and 1970s would have been glad if their biggest worry was getting 'bingoed' when they came out (if they even felt safe enough to come out at all...) Heck, I'm pretty sure a lot of homosexuals today would still be glad if that was their biggest worry.

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Date: 2010-10-12 02:25 am (UTC)
minou: (Default)
From: [personal profile] minou
This.

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Date: 2010-10-12 08:41 pm (UTC)
manycolored: "Fortunately I am immune to its effect." (Default)
From: [personal profile] manycolored
Aw see, I was going to say just that.

Maybe you live in a very tolerant environment. If I hang out only with my friends and coworkers (academia tends to be liberal, and in the northeast, even more so) then it sure seems that way. But in mainstream American society, homosexuals are treated with a degree of comtempt, discrimination, and cruelty that's not at all comparable with being childfree. At worst we just get bombarded with annoying advice and chiding, nagged by disappointed family, and are assumed to be available to fill in for people who have family responsibilities - which of course we have to do for people who care for aging spouses and parents as well!

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Date: 2010-10-12 02:45 pm (UTC)
geeksdoitbetter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geeksdoitbetter
i would respectfully submit that perhaps the reason your having trouble finding the right word ... is that your analogy is flawed

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Date: 2010-10-12 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arcane_scholar
I think comparing oppressions can lead down a very rocky, problematic road. While I'm sure there is some correlations between all things society would consider taboo. That said, trying to make them all the same is really detrimental and erases the individual experience, which is counteractive.

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Date: 2010-10-16 09:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cathepsut
Very strange. People do not tell me that and I do not get shocked reactions when I tell others I do not want children. Perhaps in Germany it's more common that people decide not to have children. On top of that I am almost past child bearing age, so hey...

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