In Praise Of AuntsAnna North3/10/10 7:00pmFiled to: Auntie establishmentauntsElizabeth GilbertAuntie brigadeCommittedchildless womenChildfree womenMargaret magowan230EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkBlogger Margaret Magowan has a somewhat unusual defense of childless women: they make great aunts.Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle's City Brights blog, Magowan says women without children are "often pitied; people wonder at what point in their lives they veered off onto their unnatural, unfeminine paths, becoming lonely 'spinsters' or crazy cat ladies." But she quotes Elizabeth Gilbert, who writes in Committed that "It's as though, as as a species, we need an abundance of responsible, compassionate, childless women to support the wider community in various ways." One of these ways apparently is the time-honored practice of aunty-ing. Magowan reiterates Gilbert's list of luminaries raised or influenced by childless aunts, including John Lennon, Virginia Woolf, and Coco Chanel. She concludes, "to the 'Auntie Brigade,' thank you for working hard to continue the human race."