Childfree And Feminine

  title={Childfree And Feminine},
  author={Rosemary G. Gillespie},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  pages={122 - 136}
  • R. Gillespie
  • Published 1 February 2003
  • Sociology
  • Gender & Society
The roles of women and of feminine identity have been historically and traditionally constructed around motherhood. However, recent years have seen a growing trend among women to remain childless/ childfree. Drawing on interviews with 25 voluntarily childless women, this article considers the extent to which this trend results from the appeal or pull of the perceived advantages of a childfree lifestyle as well as the ways childfree women might represent a more fundamental and radical rejection… 
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