Conflict How Overzealous Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women

ISBN-10: 1250032091

ISBN-13: 9781250032096

Edition: 2013

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Description: In the pathbreaking tradition of Backlash and The Time Bind, The Conflict, a #1 European bestseller, identifies a surprising setback to women's freedom: progressive modern motherhoodElisabeth Badinter has for decades been in the vanguard of the European fight for women's equality. Now, in an explosive new 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. Badinter 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.In sharp, engaging prose, Badinter 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.A bestseller in Europe, The Conflict is a scathing indictment of a stealthy zealotry that cheats women of their full potential.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

ELISABETH BADINTER, internationally known feminist philosopher and historian, teaches at the �cole Polytechnique in Paris.LYDIA DAVIS is the author of Almost No Memory.

Foreword: 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
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