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“Why aren’t I being the hero?”: The Politics of Reproductive Difference

O P T IN G to rem ain childless is barely imaginable for mosi women in the United States today. Throughout the culture m otherhood is celebrated while childlessness is promoted as a sorry state. Women without children are ignored unless they are desper ately seeking m otherhood or are regretfully w atching o th er؛ become mothers and grandmothers. Who is talking about women having viable lives without children o f their own? N ot many.2