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Author Badinter, Élisabeth.

Title The conflict : how modern motherhood undermines the status of women / Elisabeth Badinter ; translated by Adriana Hunter.

Imprint New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2011.

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 Moore Stacks  HQ759 .B22313 2011    Available  ---
Description 208 p. ; 22 cm.
Note "Originally published in France in 2010 by Éditions Flammarion, Paris."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-208).
Contents The silent revolution -- The State of Play. The ambivalence of motherhood -- The Assault of Naturalism. The sacred alliance of reactionaries ; Mothers, you owe them everything! ; The baby's dominion -- Overloading the Boat. The diversity of women's aspirations ; Wombs on strike ; French women, a special case.
Summary In this book the author Identifies vulnerabilities in today's parenting models for women, arguing that current recommendations are imposing 1950s era limitations at the expense of women's health, fatherhood, and child independence. Progressive modern motherhood is seen as a threat to women's freedom. The author names a reactionary shift that is intensely felt but has not been clearly articulated until now, a shift that America has pioneered. She reserves special ire for the orthodoxy of the La Leche League, an offshoot of conservative Evangelicalism, showing how on demand breastfeeding, with all its limitations, curtails women's choices. Moreover, the pressure to provide children with 24/7 availability and empathy has produced a generation of overwhelmed and guilt laden mothers, one cause of the West's alarming decline in birthrate. The author has for decades been in the vanguard of the European fight for women's equality. In this book she points her finger at a most unlikely force undermining the status of women: liberal motherhood, in thrall to all that is "natural." Attachment parenting, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, and especially breast-feeding, these hallmarks of contemporary motherhood have succeeded in tethering women to the home and family to an extent not seen since the 1950s. She argues that the taboos now surrounding epidurals, formula, disposable diapers, cribs, and anything that distracts a mother's attention from her offspring have turned childrearing into a singularly regressive force. This work is a scathing indictment of a stealthy zealotry that cheats women of their full potential.
Subject Motherhood.
Women -- Social conditions.
Sex role.
Added Author Hunter, Adriana.
Added Title Conflit. English
ISBN 9780805094145