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He is expected to be 'interested' in the baby, and to help his wife, but has no
preparation for this, and is even less ... He sees that all his wife's time, energy
and concentration of purpose are being spent on the baby, and is often anxious
lest she ...
what is being done to his wife so that he does not intrude disruptively on the
institutional management' (and this is the term used) of the pregnancy and labour
. Nothing he does is thought necessary for the safe outcome of the pregnancy.
In ancient Hebrew culture the wife's most important task was to produce male
heirs and her status as a woman depended on her ability to do this. A man could
divorce a barren woman, and as his wife aged he might take another wife.
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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
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989