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In many cultures, mothers stress the sexual difference between themselves and
their sons, and between the boys and girls in the family. In our own society they
comment on the child's strength, boisterousness, aggression and naughtiness.
Among the Mbuti pygmies of the African Congo, after her first menstruation a girl
lives temporarily with her future husband in a band consisting of other members
of her age group, in a special 'elima' house, where couples are expected to join ...
The most striking example of this is provided by the Kipsigis of Kenya, where
bearing a child before a girl has been blessed as a potential mother is the
unpardonable sin against the spirits, and contaminates the whole of the
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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
Snippet view - 1989