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In our society the new father is often in a difficult situation too . He is expected to
be ' interested in the baby , and to help his wife , but has no preparation for this ,
and is even less likely than the woman to have had any previous experience .
n what is being done to his wife so that he does not intrude disruptively on the
institutional ' management ' ( and this is the term used ) of the pregnancy and
labour . Nothing he does is thought necessary for the safe outcome of the
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 .
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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
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