The “Problem” With Single Women: Choice, Accountability and Social Change

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title = "The “Problem” With Single Women: Choice, Accountability and Social Change",
abstract = "Despite increased acknowledgement of gender equality as a social good, there are some areas where the practice of women{\textquoteright}s autonomy is apparently inconsistent with the normative prescriptions of a new {\textquoteleft}empowered{\textquoteright} form of femininity. Sexuality and personal relationship status are sites where women are positioned within neo-liberal and post-feminist discourse in such a way that their choices are subject to questioning. A model of gender hegemony is useful for understanding how and why choosing to be single may still constitute a {\textquoteleft}problem{\textquoteright} for women, despite the intensification of messages which also address women as autonomous, sexualized subjects. In cultures dominated by an ideology of marriage and family life, single women{\textquoteright}s identity work resolves contradictions in the current gender order and in the process reinstates heteronormativity.",
keywords = "Femininity, gender relations, heteronormativity, heterosexual couple, ideology of marriage and family, neo-liberalism, post-feminism, single women, women{\textquoteright}s choices",
author = "Shelley Budgeon",
year = "2015",
month = oct,
day = "6",
doi = "10.1177/0265407515607647",
language = "English",
journal = "Journal of Social and Personal Relationships",
issn = "0265-4075",
publisher = "SAGE Publications",

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KW - gender relations

KW - heteronormativity

KW - heterosexual couple

KW - ideology of marriage and family

KW - neo-liberalism

KW - post-feminism

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KW - women’s choices

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