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Regretting Motherhood

By Orna Donath
  • ISBN Code: : 1623171385
  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Social Science
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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.

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  • Pdf File: the-mother-s-promise.pdf

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A poignant and breathtaking novel from the author of The Things We Keep and The Secrets of Midwives. All their lives, Alice Stanhope and her daughter, Zoe, have been a family of two, living quietly in Northern California. Zoe has always struggled with crippling social anxiety and her mother has been her constant and fierce protector. With no family to speak of, and the identity of Zoe’s father shrouded in mystery, their team of two works—until it doesn’t. Until Alice gets sick and needs to fight for her life. Desperate to find stability for Zoe, Alice reaches out to two women who are practically strangers but who are her only hope: Kate, a nurse, and Sonja, a social worker. As the four of them come together, a chain of events is set into motion and all four of them must confront their sharpest fears and secrets—secrets about abandonment, abuse, estrangement, and the deepest longing for family. Imbued with heart and humor in even the most dismal moments, The Mother’s Promise is an unforgettable novel about the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters and the new ways in which families are forged. Sally Hepworth novels are "sure to appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova; book clubs will be lining up." —Library Journal (starred review)

All Joy and No Fun

By Jennifer Senior
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062072269
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 289
  • Pdf File: all-joy-and-no-fun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear. Recruiting from a wide variety of sources—in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology—she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations—and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards. Meticulously researched yet imbued with emotional intelligence, All Joy and No Fun makes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By focusing on parenthood, rather than parenting, the book is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today—and tomorrow.

Motherhood Reimagined

By Sarah Kowalski
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  • Publisher : She Writes Press
  • Book Code : 1631522736
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 627
  • Pdf File: motherhood-reimagined.pdf

Book Short Summary:

At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski heard her biological clock ticking, loudly. A single woman harboring a deep ambivalence about motherhood, Kowalski needed to decide once and for all: Did she want a baby or not? More importantly, with no partner on the horizon, did she want to have a baby alone? Once she revised her idea of motherhood—from an experience she would share with a partner to a journey she would embark upon alone—the answer came up a resounding Yes. After exploring her options, Kowalski chose to conceive using a sperm donor, but her plan stopped short when a doctor declared her infertile. How far would she go to make motherhood a reality? Kowalski catapulted herself into a diligent regimen of herbs, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, and more, in a quest to improve her chances of conception. Along the way, she delved deep into spiritual healing practices, facing down demons of self-doubt and self-hatred, ultimately discovering an unconventional path to parenthood. In the end, to become a mother, Kowalski did everything she said she would never do. And she wouldn't change a thing. A story of personal triumph and unconditional love, Motherhood Reimagined reveals what happens when we release what's expected and embrace what's possible.

Intersections of Mothering

By Carole Zufferey,Fiona Buchanan
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429772890
  • Total of Pages : 214
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 997
  • Pdf File: intersections-of-mothering.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book presents new interdisciplinary and intersectional research about women as mothers, highlighting that alternative accounts of mothering can challenge normative societal assumptions and broaden understandings of women as mothers, mothering and motherhoods. Mothering occurs within unequal power relations associated with the disadvantages and privileges of an unjust and patriarchal society. Social inequalities associated with gender, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, violence and nationalism intersect in the lives of women as mothers, to shape their lived experiences and perspectives on mothering. Showcasing the breadth and depth of feminist research on mothering, this book gives attention to the diversity of ways in which mothering is constructed and responded to as well as how mothering is experienced. Drawing on intersectional feminist thought, the book challenges normative visions of ‘good mothering’ and interrogates constructs of ‘bad mothering’. It brings together insights from multidisciplinary scholars who use feminist approaches in their research on mothering, to inform policy development and practice when working with women as mothers in diverse circumstances. Intersections of Mothering highlights the complexities of mothering in a contemporary world, show the benefits of considering mothering through an intersectional feminist lens, make visible lived experiences of mothers and provides challenges to dominant imaginings of and service responses to women as mothers. Intersections of Mothering will be essential reading for interdisciplinary scholars and students in criminology, gender and women’s studies, motherhood studies, social welfare, social work, social policy and public health policy, in addition to practitioners and policy workers that respond to women as mothers.

Motherhood in Margaret Atwood’s novels

By Ronja Thiede
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Book Code : 3668948674
  • Total of Pages : 59
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 167
  • Pdf File: motherhood-in-margaret-atwood-s-novels.pdf

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2018 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, language: English, abstract: The aim of this bachelor thesis is to contribute to research on how feminist perspectives on motherhood are portrayed in North American fictional writing. For this purpose, I will use close reading techniques to analyze Margaret Atwood’s novels The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye and Oryx and Crake to show that all three foster a feminist view on motherhood. I will argue that in the novels Atwood recognizes motherhood as both a source of oppression and a source of empowerment. Additionally, I will demonstrate how she dismantles the myth of perfect motherhood by portraying disrupted mother-child relationships, authentic maternal experiences and the subjectivity of mother figures that would traditionally be regarded as “bad” mothers.

Sacred Instructions

By Sherri Mitchell
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  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Book Code : 1623171962
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 777
  • Pdf File: sacred-instructions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A narrative of Indigenous wisdom that provides a road map for the spirit and a compass of compassion for humanity Drawing from ancestral knowledge, as well as her experience as an attorney and activist, Sherri Mitchell addresses some of the most crucial issues of our day, such as environmental protection and human rights. Sharing the gifts she has received from elders around the world, Mitchell urges us to decolonize our language and our stories. For those seeking change, this book offers a set of cultural values that will preserve our collective survival for future generations.

Girl Stuff 8–12

By Kaz Cooke
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  • Publisher : Penguin Group Australia
  • Book Code : 1760142719
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 395
  • Pdf File: girl-stuff-8-12.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Here's everything you need to know about being a pre-teen, from Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff for teens. * body changes * dealing with friends & bullies * getting confident * first periods * pimples * hair (wherever it is) * phones & being online * what to eat * being fit & healthy * the best books & movies * how to be happy with your own true self * & lots more! Girl Stuff 8–12 fits under your pillow and is written with the help of medical and other experts. PS: This book is for girls aged 8 to 12. Girls 12+ need Girl Stuff: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years.

Conflict

By Elisabeth Badinter
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 1443407224
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 869
  • Pdf File: conflict.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this explosive new book, acclaimed French author Elisabeth Badinter attacks a most unlikely force undermining women’s equality: liberal motherhood, in thrall to all that is “natural.” Attachment parenting, co-sleeping and on-demand breastfeeding—these hallmarks of contemporary motherhood have succeeded in tethering women to the home and family to an extent not seen since the 1950s. The taboos surrounding epidurals, formula and disposable diapers—anything that distracts a mother’s attention from her offspring—have turned child rearing into a singularly regressive force. In sharp, engaging prose, Badinter names a reactionary shift that has been intensely felt but never clearly articulated until now. A bestseller in Europe, The Conflict is a scathing indictment of a stealthy zealotry that cheats women of their full potential.

Women’s Lived Experiences of the Gender Gap

By Angela Fitzgerald
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 9811611742
  • Total of Pages : 158
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 236
  • Pdf File: women-s-lived-experiences-of-the-gender-gap.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book explores gender inequity and the gender gap from a range of perspectives including historical, motherhood, professional life and diversity. Using a narrative approach, the book shares diverse experiences and perspectives of the gender gap and the pervasive impact it has. Through authors' in-depth insights and critical analysis, each chapter addresses the gender gap by providing a nuanced understanding of the impact of the particular lens. It shares a holistic understanding of lived experiences of gender inequity. The book offers interdisciplinary insights into current political, social, economic and cultural impacts on women and their lived experiences of inequity. It provides multiple voices from across the world and draws on narrative approaches to sharing evidence-based insights. It includes further insights and critique of each chapter to widen the perspectives shared as the gender gap is explored and provide rigorous discussion about what possibilities and challenges are inherent in the proposed solutions as well as offering new ones. Chapter 10 and chapter 11 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

Wenn Mutter sein nicht glücklich macht

By Christina Mundlos
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  • Publisher : MVG Verlag
  • Book Code : 3864158982
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 320
  • Pdf File: wenn-mutter-sein-nicht-glücklich-macht.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Es gibt Mütter, die ihre Mutterschaft bereuen. Die Studie "Regretting Motherhood" der israelischen Soziologin Orna Donath rührte an ein Tabu. Denn unser Mutterbild sagt: Kinder sind das höchste Glück! Dennoch gibt es Frauen, die das Muttersein zutiefst unglücklich macht – obwohl sie gleichzeitig ihre Kinder sehr lieben. Sind diese Frauen Egoistinnen und Rabenmütter? Oder sind sie einfach ganz normale Frauen in der falschen Lebenssituation? Die Soziologin Christina Mundlos spürt in diesem Buch den Gründen für das Phänomen Regretting Motherhood nach. Sie analysiert die gesellschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen, diskutiert politische Lösungsmöglichkeiten und gibt Ratschläge für Betroffene. Aus ihrer Umfrage unter bereuenden Müttern und ihrer psychologischen und soziologischen Analyse ergibt sich ein ehrliches Bild von Muttermythos und Realität. Eines ist sicher: Regretting Motherhood betrifft viele Frauen. Dieses Buch macht sie sichtbar und zeigt ihnen: Sie sind nicht allein.

Childbearing and the Changing Nature of Parenthood

By Rosalina Pisco Costa,Sampson Lee Blair
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  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Book Code : 1838670688
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 378
  • Pdf File: childbearing-and-the-changing-nature-of-parenthood.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Around the globe, the very conceptualization of family is associated with the relationship between a parent and a child. The birth of a child represents both the end of one experience, and the beginning of another.

Intersections of Mothering

By Carole Zufferey,Fiona Buchanan
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429772890
  • Total of Pages : 214
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 581
  • Pdf File: intersections-of-mothering.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book presents new interdisciplinary and intersectional research about women as mothers, highlighting that alternative accounts of mothering can challenge normative societal assumptions and broaden understandings of women as mothers, mothering and motherhoods. Mothering occurs within unequal power relations associated with the disadvantages and privileges of an unjust and patriarchal society. Social inequalities associated with gender, race, class, age, ability, sexuality, violence and nationalism intersect in the lives of women as mothers, to shape their lived experiences and perspectives on mothering. Showcasing the breadth and depth of feminist research on mothering, this book gives attention to the diversity of ways in which mothering is constructed and responded to as well as how mothering is experienced. Drawing on intersectional feminist thought, the book challenges normative visions of ‘good mothering’ and interrogates constructs of ‘bad mothering’. It brings together insights from multidisciplinary scholars who use feminist approaches in their research on mothering, to inform policy development and practice when working with women as mothers in diverse circumstances. Intersections of Mothering highlights the complexities of mothering in a contemporary world, show the benefits of considering mothering through an intersectional feminist lens, make visible lived experiences of mothers and provides challenges to dominant imaginings of and service responses to women as mothers. Intersections of Mothering will be essential reading for interdisciplinary scholars and students in criminology, gender and women’s studies, motherhood studies, social welfare, social work, social policy and public health policy, in addition to practitioners and policy workers that respond to women as mothers.

Maternal Abandonment and Queer Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Swedish Literature

By Jenny Björklund
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030728927
  • Total of Pages : 293
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 306
  • Pdf File: maternal-abandonment-and-queer-resistance-in-twenty-first-century-swedish-literature.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book questions why so many mothers leave their families in twenty-first-century Swedish literature, analyzing literary representations of maternal abandonment in relation to sociopolitical discourses. The volume draws on a queer-theoretical framework in order to highlight norm-critical dimensions, failure, and resistance in literature about motherhood. Jenny Björklund argues that novels about mothers who leave can be understood as ways to problematize and challenge Swedish-branded values like gender equality and a progressive family politics that promotes ideals of involved parenthood, the nuclear family, and pronatalism. The book also raises questions beyond the Swedish context about maternal ambivalence, family politics, and privilege and discusses how literature can work as resistance and provide alternatives to the current social order.

Die Mutterglück-Lüge

By Sarah Fischer
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  • Publisher : Ludwig
  • Book Code : 3641183200
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 629
  • Pdf File: die-mutterglück-lüge.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sarah Fischer liebt ihre zweijährige Tochter – doch sie bereut es, Mutter geworden zu sein. Denn noch immer ist das Leben als Mutter mit vielen beruflichen und persönlichen Einschränkungen verbunden. Väter haben es da leichter. Frauen aber werden in die Mutterrolle gezwängt und zu einer Art aufopfernder Dienstleisterin, deren eigene Bedürfnisse bedeutungslos sind. Und als wäre das noch nicht genug, sollen sie darüber auch noch glücklich sein, denn Mutter zu sein ist erfüllend – wer anders empfindet, gilt als selbstsüchtig oder als Rabenmutter. Sarah Fischer ist eine der wenigen Frauen, die öffentlich zugeben, ihre Mutterschaft zu bereuen. Gnadenlos ehrlich und bisweilen schockierend erzählt sie, wie ihr eigenes, selbstbestimmtes Leben seit der Geburt ihrer Tochter mehr und mehr verloren ging und warum wir dringend ein neues Mutterbild brauchen, das sich an den Bedürfnissen und Kräften der Frauen orientiert. Der Erfahrungsbericht zur Debatte um „regretting motherhood“.

Someone Other Than a Mother

By Erin S. Lane
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0593329333
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 886
  • Pdf File: someone-other-than-a-mother.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Theologian Erin S. Lane overturns dominant narratives about motherhood and inspires women to write their own stories. Is it possible to do something more meaningful than mothering? As a young Catholic girl who grew up in the American Midwest on white bread and Jesus, Erin S. Lane was given two options for a life well-lived: Mother or Mother Superior. She could marry a man and mother her own children, or she could marry God, so to speak, and mother the world’s children. Both were good outcomes for someone else’s life. Neither would fit the shape of hers. Interweaving Lane’s story with those of other women—including singles and couples, stepparents and foster parents, the infertile and the ambivalent—Someone Other Than a Mother challenges the social scripts that put moms on an impossible pedestal and shame childless women and nontraditional families for not measuring up. You may have heard these lines before: • “Motherhood is the toughest job.” This script diminishes the work of non-moms and pressures moms to make parenting their full-time gig. • “It’ll be different with your own.” This script underestimates the love of nonbiological kin and pushes unfair expectations onto nuclear families. • “Family is the greatest legacy.” This script turns children into the ultimate sign of a woman’s worth and discounts the quieter ways we leave our mark. With candor and verve, Someone Other Than a Mother tears up the shaming social scripts that are bad for moms and non-moms alike and rewrites the story of a life well-lived, one in which purpose is bigger than body parts, identity is fuller than offspring, and legacy is so much more than DNA.

Motherhood in Contemporary International Perspective

By Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429581912
  • Total of Pages : 226
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 314
  • Pdf File: motherhood-in-contemporary-international-perspective.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Divided into 15 chapters, this book provides the reader with an insight into certain representations of mothers and motherhood in history and today’s societies in some areas of the world, notably in Britain and Asia. Key facts about the history of motherhood are presented, together with the use of very recent notions and phrases portraying ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mothers. An analysis of the concepts of naming and blaming, along with regret with respect to mothers in 21st century societies, provides food for thought. Other issues addressed are varied and numerous: the politics of early intervention, feminist critique, mothers with disabilities and mothers of disabled children, incarcerated mothers, surrogate mothers, teenage mothers, lesbian mothers, and mothering in Eastern Asia, namely in China, Japan, and Korea. Interestingly, both visual arts and literature play a crucial role in this analysis. The publication will appeal to students, academics, researchers, and the general public interested in and seeking to comprehend the shifts that have occurred over time in connection with the vast and inexhaustible subject of motherhood and mothers – a private and public matter. Readers are also provided with a rich reference section dealing with the latest publications on the issues tackled by prominent academics and researchers in human geography, women’s studies, sociology, gender studies, contemporary history, and the arts.