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Otherhood

by Melanie Notkin

Penguin Group Canada | March 4, 2014 | Hardcover |

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Melanie Notkin wants to change our perceptions about childless women. The rise of childless women is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated social issues of our time. Never previously have more women lived longer before having their first child or remained childless toward the end of their fertility. In the U.S., the level of childlessness of women age forty to forty-four has doubled, from 10 percent in 1976 to 20 percent in 2006. Society assumes that women either are mothers or choose not to be mothers, but waiting for love and marriage-or at least a committed union-before embarking on motherhood seems to be the least acceptable life choice for the modern woman. Nearly half of North American women of childbearing age are childless, a steep rise from 35 percent in 1976. Nevertheless, childless women are perceived as the exception, not the norm.

In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin explores this modern phenomenon to understand the reasons for this shift, the social and emotional impact of childlessness, and how this "new normal" will impact social structures in the decades to come. Part anecdotal storytelling, part inspirational, part reportage, and part manifesto, Otherhood sets out to get to the heart of the issues, enliven the societal consciousness, and trigger conversation. Notkin offers a very personal take on a trend that affects so many modern women.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067520

ISBN - 13: 9780670067527

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Otherhood

Otherhood

by Melanie Notkin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067520

ISBN - 13: 9780670067527

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Melanie Notkin wants to change our perceptions about childless women. The rise of childless women is one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated social issues of our time. Never previously have more women lived longer before having their first child or remained childless toward the end of their fertility. In the U.S., the level of childlessness of women age forty to forty-four has doubled, from 10 percent in 1976 to 20 percent in 2006. Society assumes that women either are mothers or choose not to be mothers, but waiting for love and marriage-or at least a committed union-before embarking on motherhood seems to be the least acceptable life choice for the modern woman. Nearly half of North American women of childbearing age are childless, a steep rise from 35 percent in 1976. Nevertheless, childless women are perceived as the exception, not the norm.

In Otherhood, Melanie Notkin explores this modern phenomenon to understand the reasons for this shift, the social and emotional impact of childlessness, and how this "new normal" will impact social structures in the decades to come. Part anecdotal storytelling, part inspirational, part reportage, and part manifesto, Otherhood sets out to get to the heart of the issues, enliven the societal consciousness, and trigger conversation. Notkin offers a very personal take on a trend that affects so many modern women.

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"Melanie Notkin gives a giant comforting hug to the millions of women who don''t fit neatly onto the traditional timeline of single girl-dom, marriage and motherhood. She passionately reminds us that there are many paths to fulfillment and happiness in this so-called otherhood where women embrace love, commitment and mothering at different times and in different ways than they had ever imagined. Any woman who has ever felt bad about not being "on track" will find hope and inspiration in Notkin''s readable, compelling book. The experience is like chatting with an old college friend who hands you a mug of tea and kindly reminds you to stop bitching already and get busy creating and celebrating an authentic awesome life." - Sarah Elizabeth Richards, author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It
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