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Book Title: The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Everything and Why We Pretend It Doesn't|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.73 MB
v The author of the book: Susan Maushart
Edition: New Press, The
Date of issue: January 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9781565844834
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Read full description of the books The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Everything and Why We Pretend It Doesn't:I'm editing my initial review of this book. As someone who's currently struggling with going back to work full-time with a newborn at home, the introduction hit a nerve. It discusses the expectations we have for ourselves and our kids, though we might never examine or talk about them. I only got through about half this book. I was with her for a while, but after a few chapters I started to get the feeling that the author just has a bone to pick with the world. I'd find myself agreeing with some of her points (childbirth education and all the info we get in pregnancy has one goal - preparing you for the birth, like it's some conclusion instead of just the beginning.... and our culture leaves us sorely unprepared for what comes after that one short day). But the bulk of especially the chapter on Labor just seemed like it was written by an angry woman. She talks like she's trying to instill fear, and bemoans the ignorance we have about what childbirth is really like - and she essentially calls some of the most well-respected childbirth educators hacks for convincing women that we can control anything about childbirth. Perhaps that was her problem: that she felt she needed to control it. I'd say she missed the point: I'd say the important thing about childbirth is surrender, not control. Had she read more of Ina May Gaskin's work, especially the birth stories, she likely would have been more prepared and perhaps less angry about her birth experiences. Instead, she talks about "torment," as though labor was a personal affront to her and her own great big cross to bear. As I read on, I realized that the tone of the book didn't really vary from angry and affronted, and I decided that I'd much rather read something that could contribute something positive to my life, rather than making me believe there's some worldwide conspiracy against all mothers. If you can get through this book, good for you, but I hope you come out unscathed.
Read information about the authorColumnist, author and social commentator Dr. Susan Maushart is a mother of three teenagers. For over a decade, her weekly column has been part of a balanced breakfast for readers of the Weekend Australian Magazine. Maushart is heard regularly on ABC Radio's popular online series 'Multiple Choice', and is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her four books have been published in eight languages, and her essays and reviews have appeared in a host of international publications. She holds a PhD in Media Ecology from New York University. Maushart's first book was the award-winning Sort of a Place Like Home, a history of the Moore River Settlement (later depicted in Philip Noyce's 2002 film classic Rabbit-Proof Fence). The bestselling The Mask of Motherhood was hailed by the London Times as "a feminist classic," and Wifework: What Marriage Really Means for Women started arguments right around the globe. Her book, What Women Want Next, looks at the question of feminine fulfilment in a post-feminist world.
She moved to Perth, Western Australia from New York 19 years ago but insists she is only passing through.
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