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Dr. Katherine Joslin
Dr. Gwen Raaberg
Is the life of a single woman really worth living? The question permeates the culture of the post-feminist era. Women without children and without a committed relationship in their lives can be categorized in two ways: those who deliberately dismiss the idea of a spouse and those who have not found an acceptable one yet. Both categories carry their own social stigmas: a woman who can't trap a man is a failure, a woman who doesn't want one is unnatural. These prejudices have been a part of women's unconscious behavior since the earliest days of feminism.
Wolverton, Erin, "The Unfinished Woman: Images of Single Women in Wharton, Parker, and Paley" (2003). Honors Theses. 1090.
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