As you all know, I was raised in a very strict Mormon family. For those not familiar with some of the Mormon beliefs, motherhood is considered to be the epitome of womanhood; the ultimate goal women can strive for in this life. Thankfully, when I left the church, I left that mentality behind. However, I have a very large extended Mormon family who still believes that women should strive to be mothers first and foremost.
Every quarter, my extended family sends out a family newsletter that includes updates from everyone from that particular quarter. Each quarter, they pick a different family group to be highlighted. This past quarter, my husband and I were selected to be highlighted because we had just gotten married in June. We were asked to submit a bunch of information about us as individuals and us as a couple.
We highlighted our hobbies, our house, our wedding, our furry family, and I ensured that I included a statement about the fact that we plan to be childfree. Honestly, I included it because I didn’t want to be getting comments from family members about when we plan to get pregnant.
It was edited out. The family members who create the newsletter deleted that comment. And honestly, I’m really bothered by it.
But I’m not sure if I should be bothered or not. What do you think?