Here’s a sample:
Read pages 1—59 of Birth Strike:
Chapter 1. International Comparisons
Chapter 2. Small Government, Big Families
Chapter 3. Is it a Birth Strike? Women Testify
a. What are your reasons for wanting children? For not wanting them?
b. Has your thinking on this changed? Are your parents’ lives a factor in
c. Do you experience pressure from anyone on the subject?
a. What care work do you do (child rearing, care for elderly family members,
or others in your life needing care)?
b. What care work do the men in your life do?
c. Have you tried to get them to do more? What happened?
1. Who is the power structure? What are some terms people use to describe these
individuals? Which terms do you prefer? Why?
2. To what do you attribute the continuing battle over abortion and birth control
in the U.S.? Did the reading change your view? How?
3. What caused other countries to develop universal programs such as childcare,
healthcare, paid family leave, and family allowances?
4. What do “pro-family” conservatives mean by family? What is their ideal of family
life? Who would benefit from that?