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Single by Chance, Mothers by ChoiceHow Women are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family$
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Rosanna Hertz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179903.001.0001

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A world without men, amen?

A world without men, amen?

(p.177) 9 A world without men, amen?
Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice

Rosanna Hertz

Oxford University Press

What has happened to men in these families? If women are no longer in search of a man to make a baby, what role do men play in these children's lives? This chapter raises these questions, which so many people ask of single mothers. It explores the contradictory reasoning behind including men, seeking to reveal what is so special about what men offer to children. Fatherlessness is a heated topic in America today. Some observers worry that fatherless families could lead to a generation of children with behavioral problems, to juvenile violence in schools, to adolescent childbearing, and to future economic malaise. Regardless, women are including men. However, they further struggle with the conflicting messages of a gendered system, socializing children to fit in while aspiring to raise feminist kids.

Keywords:   single mothers, family man, gendered system, feminist kids, fatherlessness

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