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Does it seem like all your female friends are attending prenatal yoga classes or can only talk about ergonomic baby carriers? Do you feel like the only person left who would rather spend the morning at the gym than at Gymboree? Essayist Meghan Daum is here for you. Few people who choose not to have children would relish being labeled shallow or self-absorbed, but that’s exactly what Daum leaned into when she brought together several boldfaced authors to write essays on the topic of not having children in Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. When Daum discusses the book at Politics & Prose, expect a candid conversation; in her previous collection, The Unspeakable, she wrote about topics that women are hesitant to bring up, even during ladies’ night gossip. While D.C. message board users get caught up in breastfeeding wars and the right to free-range parent, come spend a kid-free night with Daum, local poet and memoirist Sandra Beasley, and local author and essay contributor Elliott Holt as they debunk the myths and dirty words attached to women who opt out of motherhood. Meghan Daum reads at 6 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com.