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Not Trying: Infertility, Childlessness, and Ambivalence

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One message that comes along with ever-improving fertility treatments and increasing acceptance of single motherhood, older first-time mothers, and same-sex partnerships, is that almost any woman can and should become a mother. The media and many studies focus on infertile and involuntarily childless women who are seeking treatment. They characterize this group as anxious and willing to try anything, even elaborate and financially ruinous high-tech interventions, to achieve a successful pregnancy.

But the majority of women who struggle with fertility avoid treatment. The women whose interviews appear in Not Trying belong to this majority. Their attitudes vary and may change as their life circumstances evolve. Some support the prevailing cultural narrative that women are meant to be mothers and refuse to see themselves as childfree by choice. Most of these women, who come from a wider range of social backgrounds than most researchers have studied, experience deep ambivalence about motherhood and non-motherhood, never actually choosing either path. They prefer to let life unfold, an attitude that seems to reduce anxiety about not conforming to social expectations.

Synopsis:

Stories of how most infertile women, those who avoid medical intervention, handle childlessness and norms of motherhood

About the Author

Kristin J. Wilson is Chair, Department of Anthropology, Cabrillo College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826519979
Author:
Wilson, Kristin J.
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Reproductive health
Subject:
Family policy
Subject:
Medical sociology
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Ethnography
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
short discount paperback
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Mothering
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Womens Health
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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