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Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution Paperback – April 17, 1995
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short readable form, poet Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born is hard to beat.
Let's begin with Chapter III, "The Kingdom of the Fathers." Here is her opening: "For the first time in history, a pervasive recognition is developing that the patriarchal system cannot answer for itself; that it is not inevitable; that it is transitory; and that the cross-cultural, global domination of women by men can no longer be either denied or defended." She goes on: "When we acknowledge this, we tear open the relationship at the core of all power-relationships . . . the sexual understructure of social and political forms. " And finally: "For the first time we are in a position to look around us at the Kingdom of the Fathers and take its measure. What we see is the one system which recorded civilization has never actively challenged, and which has been so universal as to seem a law of nature." To explain her title of Motherhood, she notes that "Patriarchy could not survive without motherhood and heterosexuality in their institutional forms: therefore they have to be treated as axioms, as `nature' itself, not open to question." She demonstrates: "In the American colonies an ordinary family consisted of from twelve to twenty-five children. An `old maid,' who might be all of twenty-five years of age, was treated with reproach if not derision; she had no way of surviving economically, and was usually compelled to board with her kin and help with the household and children. No other `calling' was open to her.Read more ›
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Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929-2012) was an American poet, essayist and lesbian feminist; she wrote other books such as On Lies Secrets and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steven H Propp
Book is a good quality, fast shipping. This book is an eye opener for understanding the mentality of the ultra feminist and women who see no reason for child birth. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Elizabeth A. Wallace
Adrienne Rich's book, Of Woman Born, is a book about Rich's own experience of being a mother. She writes from a feminist perspective, and explains how the motherhood institution... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by AKH
It is powerful, candid, bold, and important. She opened my mind about motherhood and other issues but never strayed -- she is a fierce feminist, unafraid of telling the truth, and... Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Natalia von Habsburg
This autobiography reads like the rantings of a woman who just needs to buck up and get over it. YES, motherhood is difficult (HELLOOO), and YES you have to submit your own... Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by LiteratureLady