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The shocking treatise that was a bestselling international media sensation upon its 2007 publication in France now makes its eagerly anticipated English-language debut.
A mother of two herself, Maier makes her deadly serious, if at times laugh-out-loud-funny, argument with all the unbridled force of her famously wicked intellect. In forty to-the-point, impressively erudite chapters drawing on the realms of history, child psychology, politics, and the environment, Maier effortlessly skewers the idealized notion of parenthood as a natural and beautiful endeavour. Enough with this “baby-mania” that is plaguing modern society, says Maier, it’s nothing but brainwashing. Are you prepared to give up your free time, dinners with friends, spontaneous romantic getaways, and even the luxury of uninterrupted thought for the “vicious little dwarves” that will treat you like their servant, cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, and end up resenting you?
Speaking to the still “child-free”, to fellow suffering parents, and to adamant procreationists alike, No Kids is a controversial, thought-provoking, and undeniably entertaining read.
Reasons to avoid having kids:
•You will lose touch with your friends
•Your sex life will be over
•Children cost a fortune
•Child-rearing is endless drudgery
•Vacations will be nightmares
•You’ll lose your identity and become just “mom” or “dad”
•Your children will become mindless drones of capitalism
•The planet’s already overcrowded
•Your children will inevitably disappoint you
|Publisher:||McClelland & Stewart Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Corinne Maier is the author of the international bestseller Bonjour Paresse (Hello Laziness). She lives in Brussels with her husband and two children, where she is a practicing psychoanalyst.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"No Kids" is an honest look at what having children does to people, especially women - you become an indentured servant. I've never wanted children, can't stand them to be honest, and this book explains every reason why I don't want them but could never put into words myself. I've had women tell me the horrors of having children in private, but for some reason it's some sort of social taboo to tell the truth. Just like it's a perfectly fine choice to have them, it's a perfectly fine choice not to have them. People who have children just need to accept the fact that not everyone wants to breed. Some of us enjoy the happiness that comes from being childfree. We can do what we want, when we want, any time we want, without having to check a school schedule or hire a babysitter. And the "I feel sorry for people who don't have children" or "it's really sad...," please. Get over yourselves. We've seen what you have, we know what you have, we just don't want what you have. Hooray for Corinne Maier and for being childfree!!
Reading these reveiws does not affect me in any way but i think that having children bring up more responsibility i have not read this book i dont even know if i want kids but i know i am way to young anyways my mom is single,with 2 kids 3jobs and takes care of us 2 kids very well and works out every night gives us kids lots of attention yet she still can find time to go out with her friends and all it is is time management !i also think it is ok to have kids and it is okay to not have kids and i agree wity reveiw number one anyone who has kids yet writes abook about why not to have kids is a hypocryte i have babysat for 5and younger kids and itbis very fun some of those kids make me laugh alooooooot:)
Horrible!! JUST HORRIBLE!!!! People who agree that this book is good are just insecure about having children and wouldn't be good parent and would probably like to be partying in a club or sumthin! I bet one of those couples from 16 n pregnat could take care of a child better than any of the people who liked this piece of doo doo p.s i only put a star cuz it wouldnt let me unless i did so.
This book is horrible. I don't think there is anything wrong if you don't have children or decide you don't want to. Personally I don't have any of my own as of yet. The thing I find wrong about this book is that the author has children and yet she writes about what a burden children are.She seems to sound so bitter and quite hateful.I just feel bad for her poor children that are probably not getting the best upbringing because their mother seems to despise them.That is a tragedy. There are plenty of parents who wish they could have children but are not able to yet this women decided to have children and she doesn't want them around.Why did she ever have them in the first place?