One of my greatest pleasures in running this site has been to watch the slow emergence of infertility and childlessness from the shadows. What was once a taboo topic and something most of us would never dream about discussing publicly is gradually making its way into broader channels. The private blogs written under pen names have become public and been picked up by outlets such as Huffington Post and New York Times. Celebrity infertiles have spoken up about their experiences, and the idea that not all infertility stories end with a child is slowly creeping its way into the public consciousness.
Although we still have a long way to go, we took a giant step forward recently when Gateway Women’s Jody Day took her story—and ours— to that very public stage, the TED Talk.
With her usual frankness and wit, Jody debunked many of the myths surrounding childless women, and made a crucial point for our tribe: We just want to be acknowledged and understood.
Here’s Jody’s talk. Enjoy.
I am not such a big fan of Jody’s but it’s amazing she got to do a TED talk. Thanks for sharing.
I have been watching TED talks during my breaks at work. I must watch this one. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you for sharing, I wish I could share on my Facebook page but I’m not brave enough!
My in laws would probably think I was being silly or self indulgent.
It’s hard enough knowing I have no children but much much worse now I have lost my lovely husband. I fear a lonely old age…
dear Lucy, my condolences. I am sorry for your loss. Hugs from sLOVEnia, Klara
Kathleen Guthrie Woods says
This is brilliant. SHE is brilliant! I am so grateful to Jody for being our voice in such a powerful way.
I love this video so much. I love what she says, how she says it. It resonated. Once I share with rest of the people that we are ending our journey childfree, I am totally going to post this on Facebook. It needs to be heard. Thank you for sharing!
Definitely need to be understood, thank you for this
I didn’t know Jody before (well, I heard about her, but never read anything written by her). I just loved this TED talk! Thanks for sharing.
I have watched this several times now & I marvel at how well Jody has covered the subject & hit on so many important points in such a short timeframe. 🙂 This definitely deserves a broader audience!