There are so many great shows and movies right now, aren't there? I love exploring new shows on Netflix or Hulu, but one thing I would like to see more of are child-free women or child-free couples. Most importantly, I want to see average, everyday women. Sure, there is a place for women who fight crime, battle a zombie apocalypse, or reign over kingdoms, but these aren't relatable enough for me. I want to see regular women, with regular jobs, who are decidedly child-free. All too often I feel a connection with a female character, whether she be a main character or a supporting role, and I think, "Yes, finally! I'm being represented!" Then, next thing I know, the decision has been made to make my favorite character a mother.
I often feel a sense of loss or even pity when these characters transition into motherhood: the same feeling I have when a friend announces her pregnancy. I know it's silly to feel this way about a fictional character, but does anyone "mourn" the loss of character this way? Not only do I feel underrepresented, but the media makes it seem like being child-free isn't a valid choice. It portrays motherhood as the ultimate goal, and the "right" choice, while being child-free is selfish or unsavory. As if it is better to just have a child, than to regret not having one later. Sometimes, it even portrays motherhood as an inevitable step in the human life cycle, and not a choice at all.
I don't want my choice to be vilified by Hollywood. We deserve representation and relatable characters. I want to see women who are realistic. I want to see teachers, accountants, salespeople, retail store managers. I want see women with real problems. I want to see women with debt, career obstacles, health concerns, family drama. I want to see women who choose to be child-free, not just women who happen to be child-free. Most of all, I want to see women who defend their choice, fight for it no matter the cost, and refuse to bend to societal norms.
All that being said, if anyone has any suggestions for shows or movies, please feel free to share them!