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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 likely than the woman to have had any
previous experience. He often feels extraneous to the mother-child relationship ...
what is being done to his wife so that he does not intrude dis- ruptively 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.
The patriarchal principle is embodied in the person of Abraham, and the
overriding obligation of the father is to instruct his wife and children. The first
commandment is 'thou shalt be fruitful and multiply' and to extend the family
onward into time ...
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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
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
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