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Lecture 6

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York University
PSYC 3480
Noreen Stuckless

Lecture 6Womens Psych 2152012 50900 PM Welcome Finish Lifestylesfrom last week Chapter 10 Mothering and firsttime parentsFirsttime parents study Chapter 9 Sexualityno written questions on Ch 9 The Mines articlehandout and questions will be given out Images of Mothers and Mothering Dont bother copying the quotesMother is one of the most fundamental archetypes of woman and motherhood has been regarded as womens ultimate source of power and fulfillmentLike marriage motherhood is an institution Its meaning goes beyond the biological processes of reproduction encompassing many customs traditions beliefs attitudes rules and lawsIt has a powerful symbolic component Yet women who become mothersare individuals Mother is a role women are human beings Bernard 1974 p 7Motherhood has different meanings to different women CrawfordUnger 2000 pp 3467 Is there a motherhood mystiqueStrong beliefs about motherhood in Western society o Inherently good maternal instincts altruistic being a mother automatically makes you a better person women are expected to become mothers beliefs that having children is the most important thingMotherhood mystique and myths CrawfordUnger p347Ultimate fulfillment as a woman is achieved through motherhoodNatural necessary for all womenOnes who dont want to be mothers are psychologically disturbed
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