“Pronatalism” means “pro”-“natal” or “pro-baby.” It is the idea that parenthood and raising children should be the central focus of every person’s adult life. Pronatalism is a strong social force that glorifies parenthood and includes a collection of beliefs deeply embedded and have come to be seen as “true.”
This research paper and comic series takes a hard look at pronatalism and its assumptions. While the paper discusses major societal dogmas that are subjected upon childfree people and their underlying core attitudes and beliefs, with the help of a series of single paneled comics narrated by the character Ruth, the project blends humor and design to create a manifesto that ignites a transition into our society; to respect and support true reproductive freedom and choice. The comic narratives urges people considering the childfree lifestyle to refuse to “follow the pack” because the society expects us to conform to tradition. It speaks to parents, childfree, and the childless to carefully consider the long-term implications of creating new lives.