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Ain't No Trust"How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters"$
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Judith Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274716

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274716.001.0001

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“You Can’t Put Your Trust in Men”

“You Can’t Put Your Trust in Men”

Gender Distrust and Marriage

(p.147) Five “You Can’t Put Your Trust in Men”
Ain't No Trust

Judith A. Levine

University of California Press

This chapter concerns women's relationships with the fathers of their children and other romantic partners. Many women reported they could not trust the fathers of their children or other romantic partners. Even though some women were romantically involved with men, they often kept partners at arms' length, and their suspicions kept them from marrying the men in their lives. Despite welfare reform's removal of several marriage disincentives and its rhetoric about the value of marriage, distrust still forestalled marriage. The chapter argues that that welfare reform policies did not effectively promote marriage because they did not address distrust between women and men or the structures that create it.

Keywords:   gender distrust, marriage promotion, marriage disincentives, romantic relationships, welfare reform

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