Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Has Undermined All Women

Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Has Undermined All Women


By (author) Susan J. Douglas, By (author) Meredith W. Michaels

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0743260465
  • ISBN 13: 9780743260466
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
  • Sales rank: 242,096

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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.

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"This is a book for mothers who can admit that they yell sometimes, feed their children processed food, and occasionally get bored playing Barbie camp-out under the dining room table....It's a book for mothers who would be okay with being imperfect, if only the rest of the world would stop pointing out their shortcomings." -- "The Washington Post"