Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll: Kindle Fire Giveaway

The Baby Matrix


Laura Carroll

About The Baby Matrix:

Why does our society hold the belief that we are all destined to have children? Why do we believe that parenthood is the ultimate road to fulfillment in life? In The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World, author Laura Carroll answers these questions and more through an exploration of and critical look at the pervasiveness of “pronatalism” – the belief that having children should be the central focus of every adult’s life. Carroll examines the historical origins of pronatalism, the reasons why it has such a deep hold on societies even though most people remain unaware of it, and whether it makes sense – for individuals or for the world as a whole. She shows the ways in which pronatalism is perpetuated, scrutinizes seven major pronatalist assumptions that lead people to accept them without question, and offers alternative mindsets that reflect realities, true reproductive freedom and responsibility in today’s society. Whether you are already a parent, want to be a parent, or don’t want children, you will never think about parenthood in the same way.

Investigating what few have had the courage to discuss, The Baby Matrix examines the negative effects of pronatalist beliefs, including how they dictate the “normal path” to adulthood, put unwarranted pressure on people to have biological children, and fail to foster a society in which those who are best suited to become parents are the ones who have children. Carroll also brings to light the impact that pronatalism has had on the world at large and will continue to have if its ubiquitous influence is not challenged. Citing compelling statistics, she shows how our belief that we can have as many children as we want is a serious threat in a world with finite resources. In the process, she brings into focus how every life brought into the world directly affects our survival. This manifesto makes the case for why it’s time for all of us to understand why we can no longer afford to leave pronatalist assumptions unquestioned.

Without compromise, The Baby Matrix is a reality check for us all. Are we willing to hold on to beliefs that aren’t necessarily true … even to our detriment? This book will make you examine your own intentions and beliefs, will rile you, and might just change your mind. The Baby Matrix is a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, sociology, anthropology, parenting issues, environmentalism, and social justice. But most of all, it’s for anyone, parent or not, who reveres the truth and wants the best for themselves, their families, and our world.

About the Author:

Laura Carroll is the author of The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction will Create a Better World, Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice, and Finding Fulfillment From the Inside Out. In addition to writing nonfiction books, she has worked over the last 15 years as a business and litigation psychology consultant and used her expertise in behavioral sciences, psychology, and communications to advise business, legal, and nonprofit professionals on their communications strategies and goals. Laura is a seasoned leader of personal and professional development seminars, and has appeared on a variety of television shows, including Good Morning America and The Early Show. She has been a guest on many radio talk shows to discuss social science topics. You’ll also find her online at her nonfiction book site, LiveTrue Books, and her top blog, La Vie Childfree.

To get your copy of The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Baby-Matrix-Parenthood-Reproduction/dp/0615642993/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1339007434&sr=8-2

Pick up your paperback copy at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-baby-matrix-laura-carroll/1110625478

To get your e-copy of The Baby Matrix by Laura Carroll for your Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Baby-Matrix-Reproduction-ebook/dp/B0081HSF3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339007434&sr=8-1

To learn more about Laura, go to her website: http://lauracarroll.com/

Visit Laura Carroll on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LauraCarroll88

Like Laura Carroll on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Families-of-Two-Childfree-and-Beyond/139821682696375 

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  1. I'd like to read this book because my daughter who has been married 7 years seems not to be too interested in having children. I would love to be a grandmother, but of course, if she and her DH aren't interested, I never say anything because it's not my place.
    I love being a mother ( I have just my daughter), and for myself, having a child was the most fufilling and happiest part of my life.

  2. No. There choices are theres and theres alone. Who are we to judge?

  3. No, it is a personal choice. I know a lot of people that should have made this choice and didn’t.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  4. It is a personal choice whether or not you want to have kids, and for some it might not be a choice they made lightly. There are many couples who struggle to have kids (we were one of them.


  5. Everyone's entitled to their own choices. I know some people who don't want to have children and I have nothing against them. They have their own reasons. :)

  6. I think if you know that you don't want children then there is no reason to have them! Why make yourself but more importantly those unwanted children just because it's expected!! Crazy!.


  7. I think if you don't want kids that's your business. Everyone should be treated with respect. Thank you for the giveaway!


  8. Everyone should be able to make their own choice about parenting! There are plenty of people out there that would love to have kids and can't! Great contest! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    carol.byles at yahoo dot com

  9. I think that instead of worrying about those that don't want kids we should worry about those that abuse their kids!!!

    thanks for the contest


  10. thanks for the contest and i think that ppl should worry about themselves and not others, try worrying about the kids that are abused and hurting instead


  11. I think that everyone should be able to choose. There are tons of other stuff actually hurting people that we could be focusing on!

  12. I think people should start to worry about their own lives instead of everyone else's
    Love the conest. THANKS!