We Childfree Men Are All Seth Rogen

We too are no longer willing to tolerate your ignorance and judgement

Matt Mason
2 min readMar 12


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Another week and another full set of hurt feelings cards from parents who seem permanently angry about the existence of childfree people. Now it’s Seth Rogen’s turn to get shit for claiming to be happy without children.

He was blunt and straightforward about his reasons which included (among other things) how not having kids has contributed greatly to his success. Rogen and wife Lauren Miller feel that deciding against having children gives them more time to work on their projects and on themselves.

Rogen’s positive expression of his life as a childfree man flies in the face of the narrative that we are the “commitmentphobic manchild” trope that so many parents desperately want to believe about us.

Like so many other tropes about entire demographics, it is so rarely true.

Rogen’s frank comments show something else though… that we’re no longer willing to put up with it.

We will no longer smile, nod, and move on.

We will no longer hold our tongues in giving offence because you seem both unwilling and unable to hold yours.

If you judge us, we will fight back.

Like Rogen, I am glad I don’t have kids.

Like Rogen, I value my time.

Like Rogen, I value the opportunity it has given me for personal growth.

Deal with it because my decision not to reproduce has no bearing on your life whatsoever.

A final thought for parents: If you suspect you’re not going to like an answer to a question about someone’s decision not to have children, then perhaps don’t ask those questions in the first place.

I appear to be the only man writing about the childfree life regularly. Want to read more of my stuff? Here’s the list…


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Matt Mason

Archaeologist by training, freelance writer by choice. General creativity nerd. EIC of "The Ace Space" - a publication for ace and aro voices.