Let’s Question All Versions of the Myth of Perfect Motherhood

I would call it a “pet peeve,” but the stakes are higher: I can’t stand policy arguments based on inaccurate or misrepresented historical facts. My latest peeve-trigger? Claire Howorth’s cover essay in Time magazine, critiquing “The Goddess Myth: How a Vision of Perfect Motherhood Hurts Moms.”

Now, I agree with much of Howorth’s criticism of the unrealistic standards of contemporary motherhood. It’s a main theme of my forthcoming book, Miscarriage and the Quest for the Perfect Pregnancy. But she and I part ways over the role of medicine and public health in our current conundrum…

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2 thoughts on “Let’s Question All Versions of the Myth of Perfect Motherhood

  1. Gail Kaufman

    Childbirth is just another aspect of life where women are expected to display perfection. I think this is what compels some women to try to impose their approach on others, though there is no one-size-fits all for childbirth. If men could have babies, somehow I don’t think there would be so much external and self-imposed pressure to get it right.

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