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They were always messing up things she had just straightened out and dirtying
things she had just cleaned. Such a mother is product-oriented, wishing simply
for clean, quiet, and well-behaved children and a clean, neat house; so she finds
Meaning: Unfortunately I'm no good at things like washing dishes or cooking.
What I do best is a little light carpentry, changing light bulbs, moving furniture . . .
Also meaning: Historically, the lower classes . . . have had hundreds of years ...
There was a time, after the birth, when we were offering things, but I have turned
full circle. I have done some awful things. When I asked what things she
confessed, quietly and with shame, she had 'thrown the children on the floor', and
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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