NameVesper, Patricia A. (author), Charme, Stuart (chair), Rutgers University, Camden Graduate School,
DescriptionWhile women are pressured by our culture into believing that motherhood is essential for a woman to live a happy and fulfilling life, in reality most childfree women live happy and fulfilling lives while being free of the many burdens and sacrifices involved in childrearing. In addition, they enjoy many benefits and experiences that women who have children often must forego in order to take on the tremendous responsibilities of motherhood. Despite these benefits and opportunities, our culture treats the childfree lifestyle as one solely of lack and one that is not a viable or acceptable lifestyle option for women. The childfree lifestyle is either ignored or outright condemned by our culture and women who choose the childfree lifestyle are usually perceived as misguided, confused and selfish. My project will expose our culture as rampantly and unnecessarily pronatalist and will argue that such rigid lifestyle requirements for women have no place in a society built on the ideal of self-determinism.
NoteIncludes bibiographical references (p. 51-54).
CollectionCamden Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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