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Blackstone Contributes to Documentary About Childfree Adults

University of Maine sociologist Amy Blackstone participated in an interview about childfree-by-choice adults that aired Aug. 14 on Crosscurrents, a news magazine show on KALW Local Public Radio in San Francisco. Blackstone, an associate professor and chair of UMaine’s Department of Sociology, contributed her expertise to the documentary titled “Living Without” with Mette Jensen. While about 20 percent of women in the United States today do not give birth to a child, Blackstone says motherhood is often glamorized in popular media. In September 2012, Blackstone and Mahala Dyer Stewart, a UMaine graduate studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, published “Choosing to be Childfree: Research on the Decision Not to Parent,” in Sociology Compass.

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