Sex, Men, and Babies: Stories of Awareness and Responsibility

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5
Romantic Involvements

Young men typically discover that they have the potential to create human life when they take sex education courses or talk to friends and family. Once they have acquired this knowledge, their procreative identities evolve, in part, through the romantic relationships they manage during adolescence and young adulthood.1 Men can and do cultivate ideas and feelings about procreation and related matters outside these relationships, but procreation is intimately tied to the availability of a sex partner. Exploring men’s romantic involvements with females is therefore essential if we wish to understand the larger context within which men form, express, and transform their procreative identities.

Although various strategies can be used to examine the issues and processes associated with men’s romantic involvements, we focus primarily on how the involvements are related to procreative identities.2 Because the participants were solely males, we look only at males’ perspectives on the evolution of their relationships. We recognize that this is just one piece of the heterosexual dating equation and is poorly understood.

One would be hard-pressed to overstate the complexity of romantic involvements. Men’s involvements are quite diverse, ranging from one-night stands to casual friendships to committed relationships. Some are fleeting, some endure years of special moments, sentimental rituals, heated arguments, difficult negotiations, and life-course transitions. Some involvements with particular partners evolve without interruption for decades. Some are monogamous and intermittent, here one moment, gone the next. Some are concurrent involvements with several women and may be defined by similar or different boundaries. Partners in “on again/off again,” “sex with the ex,” and multiple relationships may have negotiated agreements about sex, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, and children that were once clear but may or may not apply when a relationship is rekindled or redefined. The spectrum of involvements evokes a potpourri

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface v
  • 1 - Setting the Stage 1
  • 2 - Studying Young Single Men 31
  • 3 - Becoming Aware, Being Aware 61
  • 4 - Turning Points in Identity 110
  • 5 - Romantic Involvements 139
  • 6 - Thinking about Fatherhood 176
  • 7 - Looking Forward 209
  • Appendix - Participant Profiles 241
  • Notes 245
  • References 259
  • Index 273
  • About the Authors 280
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