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Social Science
SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

MARRIAGE, THE FAMILY, AND DIVORCE (PARTS 1 AND 2) A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. —Tenneva Jordan 1. Marriage and the Family as Socially Constructed -marriage has changed dramatically over the years due to social, political and economic issues a. societal standards for a “good mother” versus a “good father” -associate nurturing type of behavoiurs of mothers, father is seen as the provider, “unfit father” isn’t really a term that you would hear -mothers refer to a range of activities, grocery, ensuring the child is safe, warm, the term father is associated with appropriation b. the ideology of (white, middle-class, heterosexual) motherhood -many different cultural, political views of how motherhood should be -many societies sees child rearing as everyones responsibility, child rearing primarily is the responsibility of women -didn’t apply to all women in Canadian society -male breadwinner norm has been eroding for the last 30-40 years -romanticed idea of motherhood, idea that only by having a child can a woman actualize her full potential, can only define the ultimate meaning of her life -this ideology image is that all women are supposed to be selfless -“keeper of hearth and heart” -women see this work as labour, seen to be a type of “labour of love” -normal woman desires to be a mot
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