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Not only should the menstruating woman keep away from men and all important
activities (in agricultural communities it was thought that if she churned the butter
or cured. 15 Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger, Penguin, 1970. 16 Lois Paul, in ...
was thought that if she churned the butter or cured the bacon, for example, the
butter would go sour and the bacon go bad), but in some cultures anybody in an
especially vulnerable condition must carefully avoid the menstruating or pregnant
The seventh century Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury proclaimed that a newly
delivered woman must be isolated for 40 days till clean, and that if any women
went into a church while menstruating she had to fast for three weeks.
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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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