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In parts of East Africa , for example , a woman who is having a long and arduous
labour may have her vagina packed with cow dung . It is an act which has
significance in pastoral societies where the main economic value is cattle . The
dung is ...
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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Mothercraft or Motherhood
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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