Will You Be Mother?: Women Who Choose to Say No

Will You Be Mother?: Women Who Choose to Say No

by Mark Cowling
     
 

For the first time women are speaking openly about their decision to remain child-free. Safe, reliable contraception and the opening up of paid employment are two of the major factors which have broadened possibilities for women and created the climate of choice. Motherhood has been a subject of debate since the 1970s, when the feminist movement sought to make… See more details below

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For the first time women are speaking openly about their decision to remain child-free. Safe, reliable contraception and the opening up of paid employment are two of the major factors which have broadened possibilities for women and created the climate of choice. Motherhood has been a subject of debate since the 1970s, when the feminist movement sought to make connections between motherhood and women's political and social position.

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Library Journal
Setting out to dispel the myths that women without children are either infertile or "hard-driven career women," freelance journalist Bartlett draws on interviews with 50 British women who have chosen, for a variety of reasons, to remain childfree. She uses the women's own words to describe their reasons for choosing to be different in a world where childbearing is seen as a part of the "normal" lifecycle. These 50 different experiences effectively demonstrate that the old stereotypes are invalid. Bartlett attempts to use the book to break down barriers between women with children and those who are childfree. Unfortunately, she falls short of this goal. Some of the responses of interviewees show that they are as hostile and close-minded as the people they condemn for not understanding them. Still, the book has merit in offering an alternative voice. For larger women's collections.KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Northwest Hosp., Seattle, Wash.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814712450
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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