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Motherhood is no longer the inevitable and necessary sequel of marriage,
whatever pressure the young couple may be under from their parents. The
woman often feels caught in cross currents of pressure from coworkers and peers
When a couple set up home together they can go and live with his parents or
hers, or can start a separate home of their own. What is normal for us, making a
separate home, is in fact the rarest system; most people live in extended families.
Although in some everyone is eager to share in child care, in others there are
members who want nothing to do with children, and when babies are born they
may be suspicious that the childbearing couples are taking over the commune.
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