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Revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de género de El Colegio de México

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MANDUJANO-SALAZAR, Yunuen Ysela. Being Childfree in Mexico: Personal Narratives of People Choosing not to Become Parents and How They Cope with Social Stigmas. Rev. interdiscip. estud. género Col. Méx. [online]. 2021, vol.7, e756.  Epub Nov 03, 2021. ISSN 2395-9185.

This article looks at the choice made by Mexican men and women to be childfree, focusing on the impact of social stigmas on people who decide not to become parents. After extracting, from hegemonic discourses, the normative aspects and roles of femininity and masculinity in Mexican society, an interpretative analysis of online surveys and in-depth interviews are used to reveal the personal narratives used by childfree people to cope with the stigmas attached to their decision. This explorative study has a limited scope but lays the foundation for an understanding of the phenomenon in Mexico, giving visibility to diverse issues for further analysis. Unlike most childfree studies around the world, this article looks at the experience of both women and men, seeking similarities and differences among the stigmas they face and the implications in their private and professional lives. The findings add to the gender identity debate in the Latin America.

Keywords : childfree; motherhood; fatherhood; gender identity; personal narratives; Mexico.

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