Freeing Oneself from a Traditional Model as a Lifestyle Choice

Cecilia Lunardini, PhD: Freeing Oneself from a Traditional Model as a Lifestyle Choice

How to accept non-traditional relationships and lifestyles in academia.

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Transcript: Freeing Oneself from a Traditional Model as a Lifestyle Choice

Well there are definitely expectations and pressures especially on a woman to have a traditional lifestyle at some point; get married, have children. Being in academia is difficult because you have to relocate a lot, and the lifestyle is somehow unstable. You can't really settle down until a certain point. I think the key in this case is to accept the fact that you can have relationships in a non-traditional way. What I'm doing right now in my life is to try to free myself from this traditional model and accept the fact that I can have, for example, a long distance relationship which I intend to be temporary, but still is long distance. I can be happy with it. I can make it work. I think this is very non-traditional, so that's where I am at this point.

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