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Childbearing is an interruption of their 'real' lives. And because they intend to
have only one or two babies these women may feel that it is very important that
they perform perfectly. Consequently they read books about every aspect of birth
Girls start menstruating earlier and the menopause comes later. Their health is
better on the whole and they live in better social conditions. But fertility has, in fact
, declined. Women are able to, but they do not. The childbearing period has ...
The danger is that in the absence of motherhood, or with childbearing restricted
to a small section of the population, we overvalue the masculine and
underestimate the 'feminine', which seems less rational and therefore suspect.
Perhaps we ...
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
Getting and Not Getting Pregnant
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Ethics and Human Reproduction: A Feminist Analysis
No preview available - 1987
Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989