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The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women

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Publisher Comments:

Susan Douglas first took on the media's misrepresentation of women in her funny, scathing social commentary Where the Girls Are. Now, she and Meredith Michaels, have turned a sardonic (but never jaundiced) eye toward the cult of the new momism: a trend in American culture that is causing women to feel that only through the perfection of motherhood can true contentment be found. This vision of motherhood is highly romanticized and yet its standards for success remain forever out of reach, no matter how hard women may try to have it all.

The Mommy Myth takes a provocative tour through the past thirty years of media images about mothers: the superficial achievements of the celebrity mom, the news media's sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the staging of the mommy wars between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and the onslaught of values-based marketing that raises mothering standards to impossible levels, just to name a few. In concert with this messaging, the authors contend, is a conservative backwater of talking heads propagating the myth of the modern mom.

This nimble assessment of how motherhood has been shaped by out-of-date mores is not about whether women should have children or not, or about whether once they have kids mothers should work or stay at home. It is about how no matter what they do or how hard they try, women will never achieve the promised nirvana of idealized mothering. Douglas and Michaels skillfully map the distance traveled from the days when The Feminine Mystique demanded more for women than the unpaid labor of keeping house and raising children, to today's not-so-subtle pressure to reverse this thirty-year trend. A must-read for every woman.

Review:

"While the authors are occasionally repetitive and sometimes condescend to moms who stay at home, their thought-provoking, accessible foray critiquing new momism will be of interest to liberal mothers — and possibly fathers — helping them to judge the media's images of motherhood with a more critical eye." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This is a book for mothers who can admit that they yell sometimes, feed their children processed food, and occasionally get bored playing Barbie camp-out under the dining room table....It's a book for mothers who would be okay with being imperfect, if only the rest of the world would stop pointing out their shortcomings." The Washington Post

Review:

"[T]his eye-opening report contains a wealth of valuable insight into the never-ending, and ultimately self-defeating, quest for the maternal perfection glorified by contemporary American society." Booklist

Synopsis:

Just as The Feminine Mystique got women out of the home, this book reveals the ground lost to an insidious movement that uses an idealized concept of motherhood to guilt women back into the cave.

Synopsis:

Taking readers on a provocative tour through thirty years of media images about mothers — the superficial achievements of celebrity moms, the sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the media-manufactured "mommy wars" between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and more — The Mommy Myth contends that this "new momism" has been shaped by out-of-date mores, and that no matter how hard they try, women will never achieve it. In this must-read for every woman, Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels shatter the myth of the perfect mom and all but shout, "We're not gonna take it anymore!"

Synopsis:

Taking readers on a provocative tour through thirty years of media images about mothers — the superficial achievements of celebrity moms, the sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the media-manufactured "mommy wars" between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and more — The Mommy Myth contends that this "new momism" has been shaped by out-of-date mores, and that no matter how hard they try, women will never achieve it. In this must-read for every woman, Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels shatter the myth of the perfect mom and all but shout, "We're not gonna take it anymore!"

About the Author

Douglas is a professor of media and American studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction The New Momism

One Revolt Against the MRS

Two Mouthing Off to Dr. Spock

Three Threats from Without: Satanism, Abduction, and Other Media Panics

Four Attack of the Celebrity Moms

Five Threats from Within: Maternal Delinquents

Six The War Against Welfare Mothers

Seven The "Mommy Wars"

Eight Dumb Men, Stupid Choices — or Why We Have No Childcare

Nine Moms "R" Us

Ten Dr. Laura's Neighborhood: Baby Wearing, Nanny Cams, and the Triumph of the New Momism

Epilogue Exorcising the New Momism

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Questions and Topics for Discussion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743260466
Author:
Susan J. Douglas and Meredith Michaels
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Douglas, Susan J.
Author:
Douglas, Susan
Author:
Michaels, Meredith
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Parenting - Motherhood
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index, notes, 16-pp b/w insert
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.46 oz

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"Review" by , "While the authors are occasionally repetitive and sometimes condescend to moms who stay at home, their thought-provoking, accessible foray critiquing new momism will be of interest to liberal mothers — and possibly fathers — helping them to judge the media's images of motherhood with a more critical eye."
"Review" by , "This is a book for mothers who can admit that they yell sometimes, feed their children processed food, and occasionally get bored playing Barbie camp-out under the dining room table....It's a book for mothers who would be okay with being imperfect, if only the rest of the world would stop pointing out their shortcomings."
"Review" by , "[T]his eye-opening report contains a wealth of valuable insight into the never-ending, and ultimately self-defeating, quest for the maternal perfection glorified by contemporary American society."
"Synopsis" by , Just as The Feminine Mystique got women out of the home, this book reveals the ground lost to an insidious movement that uses an idealized concept of motherhood to guilt women back into the cave.
"Synopsis" by , Taking readers on a provocative tour through thirty years of media images about mothers — the superficial achievements of celebrity moms, the sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the media-manufactured "mommy wars" between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and more — The Mommy Myth contends that this "new momism" has been shaped by out-of-date mores, and that no matter how hard they try, women will never achieve it. In this must-read for every woman, Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels shatter the myth of the perfect mom and all but shout, "We're not gonna take it anymore!"
"Synopsis" by , Taking readers on a provocative tour through thirty years of media images about mothers — the superficial achievements of celebrity moms, the sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the media-manufactured "mommy wars" between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and more — The Mommy Myth contends that this "new momism" has been shaped by out-of-date mores, and that no matter how hard they try, women will never achieve it. In this must-read for every woman, Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels shatter the myth of the perfect mom and all but shout, "We're not gonna take it anymore!"
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