The Mommy Myth

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • index, notes, 16-pp b-w insert
  • 0743260465
  • 9780743260466
  • 285,761

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"An absolutely fascinating expose...this eye-opening report contains a wealth of valuable insight into the never-ending, and ultimately self-defeating, quest for the maternal perfection glorified by contemporary American society." -- Booklist "In a book crackling with humor and sarcasm, the authors comb through the past thirty years' worth of nightly news reports, women's magazines, celebrity journalism, newspapers, and ads, and point out a growing obsession with this idealized, and guilt-inducing, version of motherhood that women can't achieve." -- Chicago Tribune "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 Postshow more

Table of contents

CONTENTS Introduction The New Momism One Revolt Against the MRS Two Mouthing Off to Dr. Spock Three Threats from Without: Satanism, Abduction, and Other Media Panics Four Attack of the Celebrity Moms Five Threats from Within: Maternal Delinquents Six The War Against Welfare Mothers Seven The "Mommy Wars" Eight Dumb Men, Stupid Choices -- or Why We Have No Childcare Nine Moms "R" Us Ten Dr. Laura's Neighborhood: Baby Wearing, Nanny Cams, and the Triumph of the New Momism Epilogue Exorcising the New Momism Notes Acknowledgments Index Questions and Topics for Discussionshow more

About Susan J. Douglas

Susan J. Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media, and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922. Her journalistic articles have appeared in The Nation, Ms., In These Times, TV Guide, and The Progressive. Meredith W. Michaels is a writer who doubles as a philosophy professor at Smith College. Her research and writing focus on the way that cultural changes affect our understanding of reproduction, parenthood, and more

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