The Conflict

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ISBN: 9781250032096
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Picador - June 4th, 2013

Some have called Badinter "downright offensive." I, however, call her "necessarily blunt." Birthrates are plummeting across the globe, women and men are waiting until later in life to have children (if at all), and more mothers are rejecting the stay-at-home-mom model set by their mothers to pursue careers. These changes have not gone unnoticed by sociologists, yet the main cause remains a mystery. Badinter claims the main culprit is a return to naturalism, which rejects any model of motherhood that doesn't include on-demand breastfeeding, reusable diapers, organic foods, co-sleeping, or attending to the needs of their children 24 hours a day. This is a thorough, well-researched examination of the double-edged sword facing women today as they are pitted against each other in pursuit of the "ideal" mother figure. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon