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Author Biography: Chris Bobel is Director, University of Cincinnati Women's Center, and Adjunct Professor, Center for Women's Studies, University of Cincinnati.
|1||Introduction: Five Women, Five Stories||1|
|2||Female Moral Reform and the Maternal Politics of Accommodation||35|
|3||A Closer Look: The Ideological Components of Natural Mothering||48|
|4||Interrogating the Ideology of Natural Mothering: Choice, Nature, and Inevitability||73|
|5||Resisting Culture, Embracing Nature: Natural Mothering and Control||104|
|6||Natural Mothering: Social Change or Narcissistic Retreat?||141|
|App||On Being a (Quasi) Natural Mother Studying Natural Mothers||175|
Posted January 17, 2002
Chris Bobel's first publication 'The Paradox of Natural Mothering' offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of 32 'natural' mothers. Bobel offers to her reader's the experiences of these mothers, and their choices to resist consumerism, capitalism, technology, and the 'main stream' mothering culture. These mothers insteed, embrace ideas such as prolonged breastfeeding, homeschooling, organic food choice as the families main diet, and being fulltime stay-at-home mothers. The women discuss the many challenges they face from society, and from a culture that does not embrace or support many of their beliefs and values. Bobel wonderfully shows the paradox of these women. The women claim to resist the culture which does not put family first, and that it is simply the right, and natural thing to do, however they are submitting to the idea of 'nature' and as Bobel shows, this idea of 'nature' may have been created in our patriarcial society. The same society that these women are working against. This is must read for all women mother's or not, as well as the men in their lives who play a role in the family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.