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The Conflict: Woman & Mother


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Philosopher Elisabeth Badinter is recognised as a leading feminist writer, both in France and internationally where her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages. Her publications include: L'Amour en plus, (Mother Love: Myth and reality), De l'identite masculine (On Masculine Indentity), L'un est l'autre, and Fausse Route (Dead End Feminism).


'Motherhood is both sacred and contested. Small wonder this book caused a fuss in France...Perfect motherhood is the ideal but it is impossible. And it is scaring women away from parenting. Better to consider a tripartite model of women's lives: mother, wife, professional. An argument starter.' Sunday Age 'To have a child and a career; to be a woman and a mother- this is the familiar clash at the heart of the philosopher Badinter's latest book...Many of us know this from hard won experience. What worries Badinter so terribly is that we are no longer freely choosing but being duped by the rise of a pernicious naturalist ideology that dictates how we should mother.' Sydney Morning Herald 'To say this woman is the voice of reason is an understatement. At a time when few dare to question multi-professionals, all clamouring to claim parenting as their own, she is indeed a breath of fresh air. Verdict: 185 pages of refreshingly pure commonsense.' Courier Mail 'Badinter's impressive imperative to own one's own life, to take rigorous and energetic responsibility, to cast off the silly or cowardly or frivolously domestic ways, seems very appealing, and refreshing and brisk.' -- Katie Roiphe Slate

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