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Harrington, R. (2019). Childfree by Choice. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 20(1):22-35.

(2019). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 20(1):22-35

Childfree by Choice

Rebecca Harrington, LCSW

In this article, the author blends research, queer theory, clinical material, and anecdotal evidence to explore the topic of voluntary childlessness—particularly for women—and the stigma associated with it. Her aim is fourfold: (a) to shine a brighter light on those who are childfree by choice—a population that, to date, has received inadequate attention in psychoanalysis; (b) to expose the stigmatization of a group that falls outside the margins of normativity in a society that is pronatalist (one that encourages increasing birthrates); (c) to propose a move away from rigid categories and, instead, consider childlessness within a queer context; and (d) to raise awareness among psychoanalysts and help bridge a gap in the literature.

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