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Through the psychodrama of myth the shaman gives to the labouring woman a
metaphoric language in which her ordeal can be expressed and given meaning.
This is a highly sophisticated form of psychotherapy, and no other treatment is ...
... as a way in which the labouring woman is de-sexed, the area around anus and
vagina being ritually returned to its pre-pubertal state. The purging of the
expectant mother with an enema is often done not only when the woman's lower
obstetrics takes labouring women out of their own homes, separates them from
other members of the family, and often, too, from the father of the child they are
bearing, and puts them through what amounts to an initiation process on entry to
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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
No preview available - 1987
Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989