Natalie Akin

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Childlessness: Reasoning & Societal Perception

The decision to have children is an incredibly significant life choice; however, sometimes it seems as though society forgets or ignores that having children is, in fact, a choice. As a result, childless individuals can be perceived as being different despite the fact that having children (or not) should not be compulsory, but rather respected as an individualized choice that can vary from person to person. This paper will explore the various reasons why some people are childless and the various ways in which society perceives childless individuals and conclude by noting potential ways in which society could change so as to be more accommodating for those who are deciding whether or not they want children.