My Mother/My Self The Daughter's Search for Identity

ISBN-10: 0385320159

ISBN-13: 9780385320153

Edition: 20th 1997

Authors: Nancy Friday

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When Nancy Friday began her research for My Mother/My Self in the early 1970’s no work existed that explored the unique interaction between mother and daughter. Today psychotherapists throughout the world acknowledge that if women are to be able to love without possessing, to find work that fulfills them, and to discover their full sexuality, they must first acknowledge their identity as separate from their mother’s. Nancy Friday’s book played a major role in that acceptance. The greatest gift a good mother can give remains unquestioning love planted deep in the first year of life, so deep and anassailable that the tiny child grown to womanhood is never held back by the fear of losing that love, no matter what her own choice in love, sexuality, or work may be. Through candid self-disclosure and hundreds of interviews, Friday investigates a generational legacy and reveals the conflicting feelings of anger, hate, and love the daughter’s hold for their mothers–and why they so often “become” that mother themselves.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/8/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Nancy Friday was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1937. She has made a career of writing about women's issues. Her first book, My Secret Garden, published in 1973, created a stir with its frank discussion of women's sexual fantasies. This theme was continued in Forbidden Flowers. In My Mother/My Self, Friday turns to another issue, the relationship between mothers and daughters. She returns to the subject of sexual fantasies in Men In Love, only this time approaching it from a male perspective. In The Power of Beauty, Friday explores how women's lives are affected by their appearance in a culture that values beauty. Friday is also the author of Jealousy, and Women On Top. Friday attended Wellesley College and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. Her articles have been published in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Forum, and Playboy.

Author's Acknowledgments
Introduction to My Mother/My Self
Mother Love
A Time to Be Close
A Time to Let Go
Body Image and Menstruation
Competition
The Other Girls
Surrogates and Models
Men the Mystery
The Loss of Virginity
The Single Years
Marriage: The Return to Symbiosis
A Mother Dies. A Daughter is Born the Cycle Repeats
Notes
Bibliography
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