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

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

by Laura Carroll

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Overview

In the movie The Matrix, the character Morpheus offers two pills to Neo—if he takes the blue pill, he will go on with life as he has before, believing what he has always believed. If he takes the red pill, he will find out what the "matrix" really is, and many of his earlier beliefs will be shattered. When it comes to taking a hard look at a specific set of beliefs about parenthood and reproduction that has driven our society for generations, The Baby Matrix is the red pill.

We commonly think our desire to have children boils down to our biological wiring, but author Laura Carroll says it's much more than that. Unlike other books on parenthood, The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World takes a serious look at powerful social and cultural influences that drive the desire for the parenthood experience, and lays out why we need to be very aware of these influences to make the most informed decisions about parenthood.

The Baby Matrix looks at long-held beliefs about parenthood and reproduction, and unravels why we believe what we believe. It lays out:
-the historical origins of beliefs about parenthood and reproduction
-why many of these beliefs no longer work for society or were never true in the first place
-why we continue to believe them anyway
-the prices society pays as a result

The Baby Matrix shows us how we got here, brings to light what is true, which includes knowing about the powerful influence of "pronatalism," and explains why society can no longer afford to leave pronatalism unquestioned.

"This is not a book about convincing people not to have children," says Carroll. "I want people to be very aware of the long-held social and cultural pressures, and be able to free themselves from those pressures when making parenthood choices. This will result in more people making the best decisions for themselves, will foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children and one that knows what it means to bring a child into the world today."

This book will make you examine your own intentions and beliefs, will rile you, and might just change your mind. Whether you are already a parent, want to become a parent, are still making up your mind, or know you don't want children, you'll never think about parenthood in the same way.

The Baby Matrix is a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, sociology, anthropology, parenting issues, environmentalism, and social justice. But most of all, it's for anyone, parent or not, who reveres the truth and wants the best for themselves, their families, and our world.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014399432
Publisher: LiveTrue Books
Publication date: 05/17/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 186
Sales rank: 567,431
File size: 583 KB

About the Author

In addition to The Baby Matrix, Laura Carroll's books include Families of Two: Interviews with Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice, Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World (co-author), Voluntary and Involuntary Childlessness: The Joys of Otherhood? (contributor), and Finding Fulfillment From the Inside Out.

Laura's books have been used in college curriculum, she is an internationally recognized expert on the childfree choice, and since the year 2000, Laura has been featured on network television, including ABC's Good Morning America, CBS' The Early Show, and has been a guest on a variety of radio talk shows, US and Canadian public radio. Her articles and work have appeared in major print and digital media, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Women's Health South Africa and UK. She has also been a contributor at The Huffington Post. Find out more about Laura at lauracarroll.com.

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