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What's 'childless' got to do with it?

Graham, Melissa and Rich, Stephanie 2012, What's 'childless' got to do with it?, Deakin University, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Geelong, Vic..

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Title What's 'childless' got to do with it?
Alternative title Working Paper Series Two no. 36 : What's 'childless' got to do with it?
Author(s) Graham, Melissa
Rich, Stephanie
Editor(s) Kelly, Peter
Publication date 2012
Series Working Papers, Series Two
Total pages 9
Publisher Deakin University, Alfred Deakin Research Institute
Place of Publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) childfee choice -- Australia -- social aspects
childlessness -- Australia -- social aspects
reproductive rights
women in mass media
Summary Childlessness is increasing in Australia and has resulted in an upsurge of media commentary on the lives of childless women, This paper investigates the use of the label 'childless' in the Australian print media by drawing meaning and understanding from these representations within the context of pronatalist ideologies. Our analysis suggests that childless(ness) is used as an irrelevant descriptor and as a discreditable attribute, which fudher serves to perpetuate negative othering stereotypes of childless women. This is particularly exemplified through the representation of Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard by the print media. This analysis highlights the continued positioning of women in regards to their reproductive status.
ISBN 9781921745355
ISSN 1837-7440
1837-7432
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
Copyright notice ©2012, Alfred Deakin Research lnstitute, Deakin University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050099

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