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Cynthia Grant Bowman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479891047

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479891047.001.0001

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Gender Difference in Living Apart Together

Gender Difference in Living Apart Together

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Living Apart Together

Cynthia Grant Bowman

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the attraction of a LAT lifestyle for women, in part based on indications from the social science literature from outside the United States and in part drawing on my interviews of women LATs in the United States and England. There are gender differences in living apart. LAT allows women to maintain their independence without forgoing the benefits of intimate relationships. For some women, who are intensely involved in their work lives, raising children from a previous marriage, or both, LAT offers a way to have a physically and emotionally supportive relationship when cohabitation or marriage would be difficult.

Keywords:   women LATs, gender differences in living apartintimate relationships, LAT lifestyle, independence

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