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From Here to MaternityBecoming a Mother$
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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349341

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349341.001.0001

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Childbirth and the ‘Position’ of Women

Childbirth and the ‘Position’ of Women

(p.1) 1 Childbirth and the ‘Position’ of Women
From Here to Maternity

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter considers how the meaning of childbirth is interlocked with a society's attitudes towards women, arguing that it is important to appreciate the history of motherhood as it appears to us in industrialised society today, because our sort of motherhood is unique in history. What happens to women when they become mothers reflects what has already happened to them as they became women. Like childbirth, femininity and masculinity follow different cultural patterns. The industrialised world today insists on certain sex differences while having moved towards an idea of sex equality. This chapter shows how equality and difference are compatible, since equality in this ideology does not mean ‘sameness’.

Keywords:   societal attitudes, motherhood, industrialised society, cultural patterns, femininity, sex differences, sex equality

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