Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf
Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood

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In The Beauty Myth the fearless Naomi Wolf revolutionized the way we think about beauty. In Misconceptions, she demythologizes motherhood and reveals the dangers of common assumptions about childbirth. With uncompromising honesty she describes how hormones eroded her sense of independence, ultrasounds tested her commitment to abortion rights, and the keepers of the OB/GYN establishment lacked compassion. The weeks after her first daughter’s birth taught her how society, employers, and even husbands can manipulate new mothers. She had bewildering post partum depression, but learned that a surprisingly high.percentage of women experience it.
Wolf’s courageous willingness to talk about the unexpected difficulties of childbirth will help every woman become a more knowledgeable planner of her pregnancy and better prepare her for the challenges of balancing a career, freedom, and a growing family. Invaluable in its advice to parents, Misconceptions speaks to anyone connected–personally, medically, or professionally–to a new mother.


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About Naomi Wolf

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Naomi Wolf made a sensation with her landmark international bestseller The Beauty Myth in 1991. The author of four books, she is also the cofounder and president of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She lives in New York City.
 
Published May 20, 2003 by Anchor. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A familiar fulmination on the rigors—and epiphanies—of pregnancy, motherhood, and the medical conspiracy that puts women in labor on a clock geared to the hospital’s convenience.

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The New York Times

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has there been this expectation that one woman alone in a house, recovering from birth and for months thereafter, must be able to do the primary work of comforting, caring for and entertaining a restless baby.'' While fathers and ''America'' -- a favorite Wolf term, as in ''America treats new mot...

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The Guardian

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Misconceptions Naomi Wolf Vintage £7.99, pp282 If ever there were a back-handed compliment paid by one feminist to another, Erica Jong's 'tribute' emblazoned across the cover of Naomi Wolf's Misconceptions might give it a run for its money.

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The Guardian

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A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother Rachel Cusk Fourth Estate £12.99 Misconceptions: Truth, Lies and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood Naomi Wolf Chatto £12.99 Both Rachel Cusk and Naomi Wolf have written books of great complaint that critics and reviewers have been quick ...

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Publishers Weekly

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"Yet here we were," she concludes "to my horror and complicity, shaping our new family structure along class and gender lines—daddy at work, mommy and caregiver from two different economic classes sharing the baby work during the day—just as our peers had done."

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Star Tribune

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Wolf's doctors told her she had the C-section because she was experiencing 'arrested labor,' but Wolf quotes a midwife hooting that 'there is no such thing.' We're supposed to accept on faith that midwives know best.

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Book Reporter

Wolf, whose experiences with her first birth were less than perfect, manages part-memoir, part-expose on the interactivity amongst doctors, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and insurance companies in making women feel powerless during one of the bravest, most dangerous and world-shaking times...

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Los Angeles Times

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But more recently we have managed to harry the wolf into near-extinction by setting out carrion laced with strychnine or shooting the creatures from low-flying aircraft.

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Gather Books

It made me so angry at the American hospital system of giving birth (and I don't even have any kids)!

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The Millions

A shady cabal of feminist writers conducted a week-long roundtable discussion of Naomi Wolf's Vagina: A New Biography.

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