The Conflict: Woman and Mother

Author(s): Elisabeth Badinter

Baby & Parenting

Today, to be pregnant seems not far from entering into a religious order. There is an expectation that mothers will fit the bill of breastfeeding, nappy-washing, home-cooking supermums. So are mums who rely on formula, childcare and disposable nappies lazy or liberated?


The conflict between a woman's individual identity and her identity as a mother is not unique to our time. In the 18th century, French women overcame the problem by shipping their newborns off to wet nurses. But not so anymore. Modern mothers are bombarded by advice from ecologists, breastfeeding advocates, behavioural specialists, even politicians. The pressure to be a perfect mother is overwhelming, and it's scaring women away. And why wouldn't it when the expectation is that your child will become your god and you its humble servant?


In The Conflict Elisabeth Badinter, France's foremost feminist thinker, questions why our ideas of motherhood have been skewed by unachievable expectations that compromise notions of self and womanhood. No matter which side of the debate you stand on, this bold and revelatory book is essential reading.

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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).

General Fields

  • : 9781921758416
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : 0.18
  • : October 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : Australia
  • : February 2012
  • : books

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  • : Elisabeth Badinter
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 305.40
  • : 188