Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

Judith Warner


A full of life and provocative examine the trendy tradition of motherhood and on the social, financial, and political forces that formed present rules approximately parenting

What is inaccurate with this photo? that is the query Judith Warner asks during this nationwide bestseller after taking a superb, challenging examine the realm of recent parenting--at fearful girls at paintings and at domestic and in mattress with unsatisfied husbands.

When Warner had her first baby, she was once residing in Paris, the place mom and dad normally left their teenagers domestic, with state-subsidized nannies, to hitch associates within the night for dinner or to move on dates with their husbands. whilst she lower back to the States, she used to be surprised through the cultural alterations she chanced on towards how humans take into consideration effective parenting--in specific, assumptions approximately motherhood. not one of the moms she met appeared satisfied; as an alternative, they apprehensive in regards to the hazard of no longer having the right baby, panicking as each one developmental benchmark approached.

Combining shut readings of mainstream magazines, television exhibits, and dad tradition with a radical command of dominant principles in fresh mental, social, and monetary idea, Perfect Madness addresses our cultural assumptions, and examines the forces that experience formed them.

Working within the culture of classics like Betty Friedan's The female Mystique and Christopher Lasch's The tradition of Narcissism, and with an wisdom of a readership that grew to become contemporary hits like The complain within the House and Allison Pearson's I do not know How She Does It into bestsellers, Warner deals a context during which to appreciate parenting culture and the means we are living, in addition to methods of imagining alternatives--actual concrete changes--that may greater our lives.

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