Mother of All Myths: How Society Moulds And Constrains Mothers

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For a number of reasons rooted in the way society and our lifestyles have altered we now approach motherhood and mothering very differently to previous generations. For several decades there has been tension between traditional ideas and modern values of mothering. For years the trend was away from the constraints which bound down our own mothers and towards liberating women. But in the 1980s and 1990s the momentum has shifted into sharp reverse. "The Motherhood Myth" documents the present backlash, examining responses in the media, the courts, the government, in medicine and through "pop" psychology, which reasserts an old-fashioned, conservative and narrow view of what a mother should be and do. In addition, the author explores the strong, highly idealized concept of motherhood that exists in the West; finding reflections of that image in history, in Christianity, in literature and in mythology.

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Motherhood has changed. For several decades there has been tension between traditional ideas and modern values of mothering. For years the trend was away from the constraints which bound down our own mothers and towards liberating women. But in the 1980s and 1990s the momentum has shifted into sharp reverse. This study documents the present backlash, examining responses in the media, the courts, the government, in medicine and through "pop" psychology, which reasserts an old-fashioned, conservative and narrow view of what a mother should be and do. In addition, the author explores the strong, highly idealized concept of motherhood that exists in the West, finding reflections of that image in history, in Christianity, in literature and in mythology.

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Aminatta Forna is a journalist broadcaster and TV presenter. As an impressive speaker she has won several awards and one of her programmes on foreign adoption promoted a change in the law. Forna has previously contributed to Itzin's Pornography: Women, Violence and Civil Liberties (OUP) and Conversations with Maya Angelou (Virago). She is currently writing a Demos paper on Motherhood.

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