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Helene Lopata5 has pointed out that school and work teach the young woman to
be 'task oriented, to measure accomplishments in terms of a finished product, and
to organize it in blocks of time within a specialized division of labour'.
In the middle of these tiring and apparently endless tasks she may catch sight of
herself in a mirror and be appalled at what she sees, an exhausted and anxious
mother, who has 'let herself go'. Her mother or mother- in-law is expected and ...
As soon as a child can walk easily she may have a baby strapped to her back,
and small 'mothers' play, run, jump, imitate household tasks and help their
mothers with babies permanently clinging to them. The peasant girl learns very
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Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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