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Finding ‘Mr Right’?: Childfree Women’s Partner Preferences
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5171-2783
2018 (English)In: Voluntary and involuntary childlessness: the joys of otherhood? / [ed] Sappleton, Natalie, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018, p. 237-259Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores an aspect of voluntary childlessness that has been neglected in previous research; how voluntarily childless (i.e. childfree) women engage in partnership formation processes and how they perceive that these processes become influenced by their voluntarily childless status. Drawing on interviews with 21 voluntarily childless, heterosexual, Swedish women, this chapter highlights how their childfree decision(s) impacted their partnering behaviour, their chances to form an intimate relationship and their preferences concerning partners and partnerships. The results show some of the challenges these women faced as they engaged in partnership formation processes concerning; for example, constraints in partner availability and potentially conflicting preferences regards autonomy, reproduction and intimacy. In addition, partnership formation was complicated due to a lack of communication, misunderstandings and disbelief in their childfree choices. The analysis illustrates that it was of utmost importance to these women that their intimacy goals were respected and protected during these processes but that some of them were also willing to negotiate their partner ideal. Nevertheless, this chapter ends with a discussion of relationship dissolution due to ambivalence concerning childfree choices and intimacy goals both on behalf of the childfree woman and her partner.

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Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. p. 237-259
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Emerald Studies in Reproduction, Culture, and Society
Keywords [en]
Childless, Voluntary, Women, Relationships, Partnership, Intimacy
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-80195ISBN: 9781787543614 (electronic)ISBN: 9781787543621 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-80195DiVA, id: diva2:1396281
Available from: 2020-02-25 Created: 2020-02-25 Last updated: 2020-02-26Bibliographically approved

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