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Rocking the Life Unexpected by Jody Day

Footnotes, links & resources to accompany Jody Day's book: Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful & Fulfilling Life Without Children. (Published September 2013)
The Book

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'I never chose to be childless. I just never reached the let's-make-babies stage with anyone. Even wheni was married'

When I was a little girl, like most little girls, I used to love to draw a house with smoke that whirled out the chimney like telephone cord and a triangular-skirted mummy with her husband and two children. I saw her as the 'me' of the future. A blueprint for life.

Jody Day (gatewaywomen) on Twitter

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Frejka, T. (2008) Completed family size in Europe: Incipient decline of the two-child family model? Demographic Research, Volume (19) pp.47-72

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

Is science the only path to knowledge? In this sparkling and provocative book, Jonah Lehrer explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of celebrated writers, painters and composers, Lehrer shows us how artists have discovered truths about the human mind - real, tangible truths - that science is only now rediscovering.

Combined oral contraceptive pill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The combined oral contraceptive pill ( COCP), often referred to as the birth-control pill or colloquially as " the Pill", is a birth control method that includes a combination of an estrogen ( estradiol) and a progestogen ( progestin). When taken by mouth every day, these pills inhibit female fertility.

Late motherhood: A selfish choice?

When women give birth in their late thirties or in their forties, it is not necessarily the result of a lifestyle choice - putting off motherhood for career reasons or from a desire to "have it all". Nor should they be accused of selfishness or taking undue health risks.

The Personal Is Political: the original feminist theory paper at the author's web site

The paper, "The Personal Is Political," was originally published in Notes from the Second Year: Women's Liberation in 1970 and was widely reprinted and passed around the Movement and beyond in the next several years. I didn't know just how much it had gotten around until I did a Google search and found it being discussed in many different languages.

What, No Baby? (Leslie Cannold)

What, a book about fertility that doesn't blame women? In an otherwise barren national debate, Cannold offers fertility crisis management par excellence' - Susan Maushart, columnist and author.What, no baby? takes us into the lives contemporary women who plan to have it all yet have ended up childless due to reluctant men, demanding jobs and the ever-increasing expectations of what it takes to be a good mother.

All dads together: my new life among Sweden's latte pappas

It's around 6pm at the end of my third week of paternity leave - or pappaledigt, as it is known in Sweden - and since 5.30pm I've checked the kitchen clock every five minutes. My daughter Eira is crying and I can't work out what she wants.

Long days at nursery or with childminders 'raising a generation of school tearaways'

Research says that bad behaviour is linked to hours spent without parents Jonas Himmelstrand is presenting his report to MPs this week By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 19:21 EST, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:21 EST, 10 March 2013 Long hours in nurseries or with childminders lead to mental health problems and difficulties at school for children, a leading expert claimed yesterday.

Plato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

A Life's Work by Rachel Cusk

The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic, and catastrophic. To become a mother is to become the chief actor in a drama of human existence to which no one turns up.

I was only being honest (Rachel Cusk)

In 2001 we were living in the sticks. It was a beautiful place in the Brendon Hills in Somerset, the rattling ghost of a grand estate, where a miniature ornamental lake still languished in the overgrown pleasure gardens, and the trees in the neglected orchard shed rare red, heart-shaped apples like the apples in a medieval tapestry.

The High Price of Being Single in America

Over a lifetime, unmarried women can pay as much as a million dollars more than their married counterparts for healthcare, taxes, and more. In October 2009, New York Times reporters Tara Siegel Bernard and Ron Lieber compared a hypothetical married couple with an equivalent-earning unmarried gay couple, to see just how much difference those extra privileges made.

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care written by Benjamin Spock, is a manual on infant and child care first published in 1946. The book, along with Dr. Spock, attained fame almost instantly, selling 500,000 copies in its first six months.

Momzillas (Jill Kargman)

If You Thought Wall Street Was Cut-Throat, Wait Till To You Meet The Kelly Bag-Toting, Chanel-Wearing, Bugaboo-Pushing Mothers Of New York'S Upper East Side& When Hannah'S Husband Josh Gets Offered A Job At An Investment Bank, She'S Happy To Abandon Their Cozy West Coast Life For The Bright Lights Of The Big Apple.

The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better Wo...

Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World

Cohort fertility - 2010

Key findings The average completed family size for women born in 1965 and completing their childbearing in 2010 was 1.91 children per woman. This compares with their mothers' generation, represented by women born in 1938, who had on average 2.39 children Two children was the most common family size for women born in both 1938 and 1965 The level of childlessness among women born in 1965 is higher than for women born in 1938.

Out of Silence: Selected Poems (Muriel Rukeyser)

During her five-decade literary career, Rukeyser provoked varying critical response; yet her passionate contribution to the contemporary literary and political scene cannot be doubted. An outspoken "spokespoet," she was always where the political action was. As a young reporter from Vassar, she covered the 1932 Scottsboro Trial; some forty years later, she was jailed for her anti-Vietnam protests in Washington, D.C.

Choice (Renata Salecl)

We are encouraged from all sides to view our lives as being full of choices. Like the products on a supermarket shelf, our careers, our relationships, our bodies, our very identity seem to be there for the choosing. But paradoxically, this seeming freedom to choose can create extreme anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy.

Light at the end of the tunnel (Jody Day - Gateway Women)

There comes a day in many a woman's life when she wakes up and realises that things haven't really gone exactly to plan... Where is my husband? My family? she says to herself.

On Death And Dying (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

Although most areas of human experience are nowadays discussed freely and openly, the subject of death is still surrounded by conventional attitudes and reticence that offer only fragile comfort because they evade the real issues. The dying may thus be denied the opportunity of sharing their feelings and discussing their needs with family, friends, or hospital staff.

Janet Baker: A life in music

On a warm summer night, 30 years ago this week, Janet Baker made her last appearance in an opera. - The first community for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids

The first community for cool aunts, great aunts, godmothers and all women who love kids