On not wanting to have children.
Ever since I was a child myself, I have never wanted to have children. Nothing about it has interested me, except perhaps the challenge... and I'm willing to take on a lot of crazy challenges to prove I can do them, but a 20 year child project just to prove I could do it just doesn't pass for me.
And I'm fortunate that I don't get too much flack from people questioning the fact that I don't (and wouldn't) want children. My family and friends know me well enough that it just doesn't come up anymore. It has faded, like in my twenties, how people would question (interrogate?) me about why I don't drink alcohol.
When I'm abroad, particularly in more conservative communities, this comes up again. Why aren't you married? Why don't you have children? What will you do when you get old? I don't take it personally, and I'm always patient, trying to help people try to understand something that it seems like they couldn't ever fathom.
Women seem to be bombarded by this idea that they must want children, and if they don't, you had better bet it will change. I'm sure it's tough territory for a woman, and I can imagine the pressure they feel from society is 10x what it is for me as a man.
I don't hate children, but I found that this quote from the article summed up the feeling:
"Children begin to reflect their parents’ behavior from a very early age, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many children are, in fact, unlikable."