The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World (2020)

The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World Laura Carroll The Baby Matrix Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood Reproduction Will Create a Better World Why does our society hold the belief that we are all destined to have children Why do we believe that parenthood is the ultimate road to fulfillment in life In The Baby Matrix Why Freeing Our Minds Fr
  • Title: The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World
  • Author: Laura Carroll
  • ISBN: 9780615617329
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Kindle Edition
The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World Laura Carroll Why does our society hold the belief that we are all destined to have children Why do we believe that parenthood is the ultimate road to fulfillment in life In The Baby Matrix Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood Reproduction Will Create a Better World, author Laura Carroll answers these questions and through an exploration of and criWhy does our society hold the belief that we are all destined to have children Why do we believe that parenthood is the ultimate road to fulfillment in life In The Baby Matrix Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood Reproduction Will Create a Better World, author Laura Carroll answers these questions and through an exploration of and critical look at the pervasiveness of pronatalism the belief that having children should be the central focus of every adult s life.Carroll examines the historical origins of pronatalism, the reasons why it has such a deep hold on societies even though most people remain unaware of it, and whether it makes sense for individuals or for the world as a whole She shows the ways in which pronatalism is perpetuated, scrutinizes seven major pronatalist assumptions that lead people to accept them without question, and offers alternative assumptions that reflect realities, true reproductive freedom and responsibility in today s society Whether you are already a parent, want to be a parent, or don t want children, you will never think about parenthood in the same way.Investigating what few have had the courage to discuss, The Baby Matrix examines the negative effects of pronatalist beliefs, including how they dictate the normal path to adulthood, put unwarranted pressure on people to have biological children, and fail to foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children.Carroll also brings to light the impact that pronatalism has had on the world at large and will continue to have if its ubiquitous influence is not challenged Citing compelling statistics, she shows how our belief that we can have as many children as we want is a serious threat in a world with finite resources In the process, she brings into focus how every life brought into the world directly affects our survival.This manifesto makes the case for why it s time for all of us to understand why we can no longer afford to leave pronatalist assumptions unquestioned Without compromise, The Baby Matrix is a reality check for us all Are we willing to hold on to beliefs that aren t necessarily true even to our detriment This book will make you examine your own intentions and beliefs, will rile you, and might just change your mind.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.
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  1. Deb

    The Baby Matrix, by Dr Laura Carroll, is about pronatalism, or the idea that parenthood and raising children should be the central focus of every person s adult life As someone who s chosen not to have children, I can tell you that decision wasn t easy And it s been made a lot harder by the million movies and TV shows that tell me parenting is the only way to live a fulfilling life Not to mention the friends and family who question whether I m selfish and whether I ll turn into some bitter, lone [...]

  2. Allizabeth Collins

    Review I come from a rather large family some of my recent ancestors having as many as eighteen children, but just because I grew up with two siblings, tons of cousins, and a plethora of branches on my family tree does not mean that I am obligated to go forth and multiply Do not get me wrong, I love children, however, I do not currently desire to reproduce due to my career, and the fact that there are plenty of adoptable children who need homes and families That said, I was very interested when [...]

  3. Heide Island

    I didn t learn anything new from this book but then again, this is an area I study, for others it might be worth the purchase It is well written.

  4. Elanor

    I liked the book it s full of provocative ideas, and I just bought Families of Two.However yes, I do have a few reservations the author sounds quite belligerent she maps out 4 fold strategies to deal with people asking questions about potential kids, she s writing laws, she s preemptively controling everything about public spaces, she does her fair share of name calling this is selfish And this too, and this And she bellows and works to death things I would think are obvious CHILDREN ARE NOT THE [...]

  5. Jessico

    As a childfree person with many childfree people as social contacts and friends, many of the ideas in this manifesto were not new to me It covered topics that are often discussed in childfree social groups online,This is an easy read that definitely is driven by the passionate views of the author it is a manifesto rather than a dry scholarly work, as The Myth of Mom and Apple Pie can sometimes be Sometimes I wished for an in text citation or review of the literature but I think this may have bog [...]

  6. Sue

    Carroll, who previously published Families of Two, about couples living happily childfree, has put together an absolute encyclopedia about why the pronatalist viewpoint that tells us that everyone should have children is no longer valid Although I disagree with some of her points, I have to admire this well written and deeply researched book that I will keep handy as a reference from now on Carroll challenges common assumptions such the idea that people need children to be fulfilled, mature, hap [...]

  7. Claire

    It is very bizarre to take the blinders off and look around and see just how right Laura Carroll is in her book The Baby Matrix Why Motherhood, and the desire to have children is such an ingrained notion in our culture, pronatalism it is celebrated and worshiped, we just take it for granted But there are many women myself included who haven t taken the baby route yet, and I m surrounded by people wondering what is wrong with me Because in our society a woman isn t really complete until she has h [...]

  8. April

    At first I wasn t sure if I would like this book I mean, who doesn t love babies, right Well, I appreciated the matter of fact and near scientific approach that the author laid out, and with clear research to back it up, that just looked at a prevailing attitude in our culture world, and was just simply questioning if that was the only way to go Of course some people will be offended, and I could see this being controversial as things are when you challenge the status quo But that s exactly why [...]

  9. Steph

    everyone needs to read this whether they want children or not It really made me think and gave me evidence to support my not wanting children if anyone questions my soon to be husband and I about it.

  10. Miss Ryoko

    I think Laura Carroll really thought this book out well I think most baby making people would be shocked by what she says, but their shock would come from the denial of truth In truth, all the pronatal assumptions she presents in this book are 100% true and accurate As someone who was once in a decade long relationship, even complete strangers who didn t know me would ask why I wasn t married or had any children Pronatalism is everywhere and the assumptions that come along with it are really jus [...]

  11. Canchaser243

    The book is a thorough look at our dangerous cultural obsession with reproduction which I appreciate however, Carroll is a poor non fiction writer She introduces research awkwardly and is terrible with quote usage She doesn t seem to realize that you don t need to use quotes for general statements The author lacks any depth of emotion in her writing She doesn t try to connect with anyone who already has children other than to say that they are enough and shouldn t be bullied into always having o [...]

  12. Lyz

    no new info for me here and not terribly well presented These are important ideas that need to be put out there but I didn t find this book particularly rallying or groundbreaking.

  13. Amelia

    I m only about halfway through with this right now As someone who is pretty vocal about the fact that I don t want to have kids, I was pretty excited about this when I saw it And the author does make a lot of good points, many of which I agree with or have made myself.But I m still having a couple of issues with it 1 In an early chapter, she talks about how social welfare programs and other social programs, for that matter really only benefit those who are married and or have kids This is absolu [...]

  14. Karen *ReaderGirl*

    I think The Baby Matrix was a really interesting book that helped me open my eyes I have two children, 5 and 7, and I knew from the time I had my first doll that I couldn t wait to be a mother It was a strong driving force in me my whole life and I barely made it out of high school before having my first But my sister who is older than me by 4 years does not have children and doesn t seem to want any although she s great with mine I admit that I ve secretly wondered what was wrong with her and o [...]

  15. BellaReadz

    Oh, wow this book was great I wish I would have read it years ago I ll keep this review brief but I feel like I could agree with everything written here for pages and pages Yet it s interesting how in this society it s almost taboo to talk about or you are perceived as having something wrong with you if as a woman you don t pursue motherhood I d like to personally thank Laura Carroll for writing this and putting this perspective out there Hopefully others will read and we can accept the fact tha [...]

  16. Jenna

    This book was a breath of fresh air I ve noticed that it seems like we are living in an increasingly baby mother centric society as if the human race is going to extinguish at any moment if we aren t constantly reproducing or being able to mother a child It seems like every TV drama I was watching last year centered over the fact that despite a woman who was successful with great career doctors, etc in relationships with great circle of friends, it was like OMG MY LIFE IS SO AWFUL UNLESS I HAVE [...]

  17. Jhonni Parker

    There is a serious overpopulation problem in this world, but even in our own country we face challenges that are pushing our country to the brink There are many ideas that drive the push to re populate, and while it may be a great choice for some, it is interesting to look at it from a rational point of view and see if perhaps this attitude is doing harm than good This book was clear and coherent and presented in a factual way that would be a great discussion source for a college classroom I f [...]

  18. Samantha

    Laura Carroll sets up a clear thesis right away, and questions what we perceive as normal The narrative is clear and engaging, and easy to follow along The examples she provides, along with the academic interpretations of social norms, was both enlightening and at the same time, comforting It s nice to read something that I ve secretly wondered and thought about, but was never able to find anywhere in a form such as this book Her ideas and arguments are neatly laid out, and clearly show the many [...]

  19. Marie

    The Baby Matrix book was a quick read, and one I would highly recommend for parents new and experienced , people considering whether they want to reproduce, and the childfree This book isn t about attacking parents The focus is instead on the assumptions associated with our pro natal society, why we have them, and why they are or can be harmful The book is well edited and includes citations to many studies and other books, which I appreciate.Honestly, this book is one I will be recommending to m [...]

  20. Katherine

    Laura Carroll did a great job defining pronatalism and why it is so engrained within our society Her book reshapes the myths and offers a new way of looking at parenthood and reproduction This book is not passive in its intent but active Carroll sets forth a plan of action to get people thinking differently about not when they should have children but if I recommend this book for high school students as well as for the childfree and parents alike This book will challenge some beliefs about the l [...]

  21. Nicole

    I guess I was expecting from this title really didn t cover much I haven t already explored and discovered for myself from years of dealing with fertility issues and deciding whether motherhood would really ever be in the picture for me and also seeing firsthand how society treats those who are either childless by choice or by circumstance I d say it will appeal to those who are actively childfree than to those who find themselves without children by circumstance and are looking for acceptanc [...]

  22. Steph Coleman

    This book was fascinating and eye opening There are some things in life everyone seems to take for granted, and the near universal desire to have children seems to be one of them To me, the most interesting part about reading the The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll was how she exposes the many ways that society is bent on reproduction pronatalism , and analyzes with in depth research where these influences come from, and if they are truly for the best of society and the future For anyone who is eve [...]

  23. Stacy

    This is outside my normal reading, I admit, but I thought it sounded interesting and I gave it a shot The book was laid out well and was very easy to grasp the ideas and concepts a reason I shy away from nonfictions such as these is the tendency of the authors to write esoterically But not here Laura Carroll writes to the everywoman man, in terms and ideas that are not only easy to understand, but make a startling amount of sense I do believe my eyes have been opened after reading this and I thi [...]

  24. Brenda

    I thought this was a fascinating book and I m so happy I had a chance to read it As a woman in her mid 30 s who is still on the fence about motherhood, it was nice to hear analytical reasoning on the pros and cons, and not make it seem like motherhood should be an automatic, assumed path in life for all woman This book isn t anti baby by any means, like helping to open eyes and make informed decisions which is a handy tool in any major life choice Highly recommend

  25. Cate

    Eye opening for both those who do and do not wish to have children For those who do, some kind suggestions in considering the bigger picture, the entire planet, as opposed to the ever American smaller picture, I want For those who choose to be childfree, some helpful suggestions on how to deal with society and familial pressures to reproduce.In all, enlightening and full of support for both sides of the baby having life choice.

  26. Barb

    About how our society is pronatal, or child centric Though I m childfree, I was surprised to discover that even I buy into what she calls pronatal assumptions, each with its own chapter, particularly the Normality Assumption, which is covered in chapter 3 Maybe it s a generational thing But not only does she describe these different assumptions, she also offers Alternate Assumptions Interesting read for both parents and non parents alike.

  27. Sophie

    Some of it was a little out there but there were some very good points it s a fairly short book and worth a read if you re getting to the age where baby fever may be setting in She s not anti baby, she just argues that there s a lot to think about before deciding to have kids I would recommend it to my lady friends.

  28. Trinity

    I very much liked this book except for the chapter about permits for parenting I wish that extremist stance had not been included in this book The concept is too fraught with potential classist, elitist issues and frankly, not something I would want our government to control directly The history of pronatalism and the current forces at play were interesting and affirming to read.

  29. Laura Leane

    very concise and helpful a great start to uncovering the societal demands for procreation and the myths they espouse to convince you of your destiny to rear children i had a feeling the biological clock was a crock of shit thanks laura carroll

  30. Nepeta

    I agree with many of her points, she exposes a real problem and gives ideas But I found the language used in the book a little bit too childsh and I d like to see references to scientifical articles.

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