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The Last Taboo: Saying No to Motherhood Perfect Paperback – August 11, 2014
About the Author
Rosemary Agonito Ph.D., award winning author and gender issues specialist, has published nine books and many articles. Her first novel, Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, won the prestigious Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel (2006).
Agonito has been quoted in major publications including People, Parents, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mademoiselle, New Woman, Men's Health, Human Resources Executive, and Across the Board. She has appeared on TV and radio around the U.S., including CNN, NBC, CNBC, PBS and others. Agonito is a former college professor who directed a women's studies program and has run a gender issues consulting firm.
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I’m going to send my daughter a copy so she can hear from someone else besides me that she doesn’t owe her entire existence to her two unproductive, disrespectful, lazy teenagers. Perhaps she’ll also forgive me for finding my own life after she was grown. I’m going to give one to my granddaughter so perhaps she can “Think” long and hard about Motherhood before she’s another woman subjecting herself to an unnecessarily harsh life for no real good reason except that “she’s supposed to.”
I hope this book makes it into classrooms across the country. Someone really had to say it and this author said like no one else has.
The book presents many, often stunning and eyeopening, statistics about the current status of women and children in the U.S. It is beautifully illustrated with individual women's stories.
Freedom to make one's own life decisions and choices is fundamental to human happiness. This should include the freedom to say "no" to motherhood without societal condemnation of any kind.
I’m in my mid-40’s and friends my age sometimes tell me they wish they had children. I want to give this book to every one of them! It is an empowering reminder that they are not any less of a “woman” because they didn’t have children. In fact, they have greater opportunities for careers, relationships, friendships, travel, etc, than women with children.
I’m a critic as far as books are concerned, and I found the book to be succinct, comprehensive, and easy to read. The author includes stories of many women she has met. She covers the impact that children have on women’s emotions, relationships, and careers. She also discusses the economic and environmental impact of children.
As a mother of two, I found it to be a good reminder that I should not lose my “self” because of my children. It reminded me that I should take time for myself and have my own interests. I enjoy and love my children, but raising children is hard. Parents sacrifice a lot. This book helped me realize that much of what my husband and I experienced after having children (relationship changes, financial aspects, etc.) happen to many couples who have children. This is definitely an enlightening book and a great read.