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Regretting Motherhood

Author : Orna Donath
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Women who opt not to be mothers are frequently warned that they will regret their decision later in life, yet we rarely talk about the possibility that the opposite might also be true-that a woman who becomes a mother might regret it. Sociologist Orna Donath dispels the silence around this profoundly taboo subject in a powerful work that draws from her years of research interviewing women who wish they had never become mothers.Donath treats regret as a feminist issue- as regret marks the road not taken, we need to consider whether alternative paths for women may currently be blocked off. Donath asks that we pay attention to what is forbidden by our contemporary rules governing motherhood, time, and emotion, including the cultural assumption that motherhood is a "natural" role for women-for the sake of all women, not just those who regret becoming mothers. Donath finds that the women in her study became mothers for a wide variety of reasons- some did so to avoid divorce, exclusion from their family, or alienation from their friends; others did not think about it at all, but accepted it as the "next step" of what society considers to be a normal and natural life course. Others experinced regret despite initially having an strong desire to become mothers. Though they may love their children, these women each describe the agonizing guilt and suffering they have experienced as a result of becoming mothers, and consider the different ways they have each come to recognize and deal with these conflicts.If we are disturbed by the idea that a woman might regret becoming a mother, Donath says, our response should not be to silence and shame these women; rather, we need to ask honest and difficult questions about how society pushes women into motherhood and why those who reconsider it are still seen as a danger to the status quo. Groundbreaking, thoughtful, and provocative, this is an especially needed book in our current political climate, as women's reproductive rights continue to be at the forefront of nationwide debates.

Regretting Motherhood

Author : Orna Donath
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Women who opt not to be mothers are frequently warned that they will regret their decision later in life, yet we rarely talk about the possibility that the opposite might also be true—that women who have children might regret it. Drawing on years of research interviewing women from a variety of socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds, sociologist Orna Donath treats regret as a feminist issue: as regret marks the road not taken, we need to consider whether alternative paths for women currently are blocked off. She asks that we pay attention to what is forbidden by rules governing motherhood, time, and emotion, including the cultural assumption that motherhood is a “natural” role for women—for the sake of all women, not just those who regret becoming mothers. If we are disturbed by the idea that a woman might regret becoming a mother, Donath says, our response should not be to silence and shame these women; rather, we need to ask honest and difficult questions about how society pushes women into motherhood and why those who reconsider it are still seen as a danger to the status quo. Groundbreaking, thoughtful, and provocative, this is an especially needed book in our current political climate, as women's reproductive rights continue to be at the forefront of national debates.

Motherhood in Margaret Atwood s Novels

Author : Ronja Thiede
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Die Liebe zu Zeiten der Cholera

Author : Gabriel García Márquez
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Population and Family in the Low Countries

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Population and Family in the Low Countries 1993

Author : Gijs Beets
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Babyhood the Mother s Nursery Guide

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Elsie s Motherhood

Author : Martha Finley
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Elsie and her husband Edward take delight in their burgeoning family in the aftermath of the Civil War.

What No Baby

Author : Leslie Cannold
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Through the words of women, Leslie Cannold shows how the problems limiting women's freedom to choose motherhood are not personal, but profoundly political.

Woman defined Motherhood

Author : Jane Price Knowles
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Finally, here is an enlightening and empowering book that defines motherhood from a feminist perspective and then explores the implications of that definition. Feminist authors examine some of women's full, rich, and varied thoughts and experiences about motherhood. In contrast to the too often accepted male notions of what constitutes a “good’mother or a “normal” family, this important book presents a comprehensive and balanced view of motherhood--as women have observed and experienced it. The major issues surrounding motherhood today are closely examined--the pervasive problem of mother-blaming and mother-hating and solutions to overcome it; ageism, sexism, and motherhood; relationships between mothers and daughters; relationships between stepmothers and stepchildren; motherhood and sex roles within the family; adoption; infertility; and childlessness. Special insight is also provided into the concerns of women who are mothers--lesbians, women of color, mothers of biracial children, and adoptive mothers of children from different cultures. Woman-Defined Motherhood is must reading for women, including both mothers and daughters, for therapists and other professionals supporting women, and for anyone interested in mothering.

The Wages of Motherhood

Author : Gwendolyn Mink
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Mink maintains that the movement for welfare provisions, while resulting in important gains, reinforced existing patterns of gender and racial inequality. She explores how Anglo American women reformers, as they gained increasing political recognition, promoted an ideology of domesticity that became the core of maternalist social policy.

The Kate Chopin Newsletter

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Women Without Children

Author : Susan S. Lang
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Explores the lives of women from a variety of backgrounds who never had children and examines their feelings about their "child-free" state

Professionalizing Motherhood

Author : Jill Savage
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"Professionalizing Motherhood" confirms that motherhood is not only a valid career choice but also a worthy and significant profession. Savage assures readers of their great value of their presence in the home to teach and nurture their children. In addition to helping readers develop a personal mission statement, it helps them develop a network of "coworkers".

Motherhood Optional

Author : Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
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Reminding women that motherhood is an option, not a given (much less an instinct), New York psychotherapist Phyllis Ziman Tobin contends that choosing to be or not to be a mother is the defining rite of passage for today's woman. She draws on the composite struggles of real people to show how the dilemma is rooted in unexamined assumptions about normalcy, fear of change and loss of control, and the not always audible voices of our own mothers. Dr. Tobin challenges mental health professionals to recognize that coming to terms with the motherhood question is an act of maturation proper to every woman, an opportunity for self-creation. She herself recognizes that, for women who find themselves infertile or uncoupled or unconventionally situated, the question is compounded and painfully revisited as reproductive technology fails, adoption is considered, time passes. Whichever option a woman ultimately selects, she loses something, Dr. Tobin acknowledges - yet she gains by weighing the fear of now against the fear of never and being the agent instead of the victim of her regrets.

Verena Dengler Jackie of all trades her Radical Chic Academy HC Playner

Author : Valérie Knoll
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Verena Dengler approaches a broad array of themes: she takes up, misappropriates and reevaluates codes of right-wing extremists in her work with the Hysteria Fraternity in Vienna, she takes on taboos such as?regretting motherhood,? and approaches her own personal family relations and assigned roles within them. She does all this in a humorous manner, aware of how problematic it is to demand that art be politically effective, also and especially in a time when ongoing responses to current topics are asked for. This book takes up Verena Dengler?s exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern (20 May? 23 July 2017). Split in two, one part of the publication is on the work of Verena Dengler, the other on HC Playner, who was invited by Dengler to exhibit in the main room at Kunsthalle. Included are excerpts from the artist?s diary between the ages of ten and twelve, an extensive essay on Dengler?s work by Lili Reynaud-Dewar, and a text on how Stefanie Sargnagel first met HC Playner at a garden party. With an introduction by Valérie Knoll. Designed by HIT, Berlin.00Exhibition: Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (20.05.? 23.07.2017).

Reflections in the Mirror of Time

Author : Adeline Catherine DeCarlo
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Mothers

Author : Alexandra Towle
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This celebration of mothers and their special bond with their children collect prose, poetry, essays, reminiscneces, and photographs capturing every aspect of a mother's joy and disappointment

Babyhood

Author : Leroy Milton Yale
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New Mothers at Work

Author : Julia Brannen
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