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ISBN: 9780743260466 - The Mommy Myth
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The Mommy Myth

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The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Has Undermined Women

Susan J. Douglas

ISBN: 9780743260466
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd


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THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE got women out of the home, BACKLASH decried the assault on what they had gained, and THE BEAUTY MYTH took on the beauty industry's oppression. Now THE MOMMY MYTH reveals the ground lost to an insidious movement that uses an idealized concept of motherhood to guilt women back into the cave.

 

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Now in paperback, the provocative book that has ignited fiery debate and created a dialogue among women about the state of motherhood today. In THE MOMMY MYTH, Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels turn their 'sharp, funny, and fed-up prose' (San Diego Union Tribune) toward the cult of the new momism, a trend in Western culture that suggests that women can only achieve contentment through the perfection of mothering. Even so, the standards of this ideal remain out of reach, no matter how hard women try to 'have it all'. THE MOMMY MYTH skilfully maps the distance travelled from the days when THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE demanded more for women than keeping house and raising children, to today's not-so-subtle pressure to reverse this trend. A must-read for every woman.