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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.
Even if the blood should leave a stain 'no bigger than a mustard seed' the woman
is unclean, so the seven days were extended by the Rabbis to twelve for safety.
The Baraita de Niddah stated that the breath of a menstruating woman was ...
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 ability
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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