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The Manus of New Guinea give birth in special houses where the old women of
the tribe live, built on stilts over the sea.8 The labouring woman lies on her side
on a mat on the floor, with her feet against a board. Three midwives support her, ...
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.
For a woman shame is the one means of salvation, and without it she succumbs
to a mere animal nature. All the men of the family must be concerned to protect
their wives and children from shame, for their .own honour is based on their
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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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