chapter  6
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“The contrast between their lives and your life puts a wedge between your friendship”: The Social World of Childless Women

M any continuing aspects o f social life are organized on the assumption that people live in families-families defined as parents and children. When a woman in a long-term, live-in het­ erosexual union remains childless, her personal arrangem ents contradict societal assumptions, recasting expected social relations. A unique set of pleasures and tensions is experienced.