Kid Me Not: an anthology by child-free women of the '60s now in their 60s (Boomers Remember)
Aralyn Hughes, editor (anthology)
Kid Me Not is an anthology by child-free women of the ’60s now in their 60s. Women who came of age in the ’60s, and who now are in their 60s, share personal stories of how, by choice or by default, they remained child free. Their young lives were touched by a social revolution involving the Vietnam war, draft, sex, drugs, rock and roll. They were the first generation to have a real option to not have children, thanks to the advent of effective birth control. The Baby Boomers reflect on how this freedom affected them and how, today, they are changing the culture by reinventing themselves and staying young at heart.
Fifteen women in their 60s share personal reminiscences of their youth, praising birth control, abortion access, and the support of activists who told them that they had more options than babymaking and secretarial work, and showing how life without children—either by choice or circumstance—worked out perfectly fine for them. Alternating with joyful photo collages and cute lists of events, TV shows, movies, and music from individual years in the ’60s, these narratives of sex, love, career, family, and relationships together give a warm impression of women whose paradigms were changing, whether they fought for it and or just found themselves at the forefront of new opportunities. Lovely pictures of the writers as young women and in the present accompany each vignette and serve as a delightful testament to aging gracefully. Younger feminists might find that compassion for the struggles of their second-wave foremothers is evoked by the words of well-spoken, everyday women who look like their own mothers and grandmothers. Their stories are a reminder that our choices now do carry us into the rest of our lives. (BookLife)