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Freedom, awareness and desire in fifteen dialogues with childfree women

Ferdinanda Vigliani, Paola Leonardi

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Degrowth Conference Venice 2012


Keywords: Awareness, women, childfree

Introduction: We have been engaged in a research and published a book on the subject "Why are we childless?" A book to answer to the question so many times posed to us: Why you didn’t become a mother? And, with more astonishment: Why you never had that desire?
What’s a childless woman? Is she sort of a modern which? A woman hating kids? A virago devoted to the career? A selfish hedonist avoiding responsibilities? Be women childless seems to be one of the last taboos in our “liquid society”. The social pressure put on maternity is still high and is still heavy the prejudice against childless women.
However, how it is well-known, the statistical average in Italy is the lower in the world: 1,35 children per woman according to the Istat surveying made in 2008. It means that the statistical average in our country – as Marina Piazza remarks – is near to the real average: not many women have less than a child and not many have more than one.

Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.

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