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In the end she slaps the baby's hand and gets a long, cool look from an older
woman who clearly thinks she is a baby batterer. She hates what she has
become and scuttles back home, with both children whining. She gets more food
into them ...
In antenatal classes expectant mothers often say that they have never held a
baby in their arms, never even seen a newborn infant, nor had the opportunity of
watching a mother look after a small baby. No amount of lessons in child care or
They look into the carrycot— 'He's a real boy!' they say, or 'Isn't she sweet? She's
so pretty and feminine!' The mother may choose to dress her baby boy in blue,
her girl in pink. In France flowers of the appropriate colour fill the mother's room.
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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
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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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