New York Times contributor Kate Stone Lombardi unveils the surprisingly close relationship between mothers and sons. Mother after mother confessed to Lombardi that her husband, brothers, and even female friends and family criticize the fact that she is "too close" to her sons. Many of these women are often startled by the strong connection they feel with their sons; but rarely do they talk about it because society tells them to push their little boys away and not "baby" them with too much cuddling and comforting. It is as if there were an existing playbook-based on gender preconceptions dating back to Freud, Oedipus, and beyond-that prescribes the way mothers and their sons should interact.
Lombardi's much-needed narrative is the first and only book to share truly revealing interviews with mothers who have close relationships with their sons, as well as interviews with these women's sons and husbands. Lombardi persuasively argues that the rise of the new male-one who is more emotionally intelligent and more sensitive without being less "manly"-is directly attributable to women who are rejecting the "mama's boy" taboo. Highlighting new scientific studies, The Mama's Boy Myth begins a fresh story-one that will be welcomed by mothers, fathers, and sons alike.
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An insightful, timely study, especially now as feminist gains are under attack.Read Full Review of The Mama's Boy Myth : Why Kee... | See more reviews from Kirkus
The good news, Lombardi writes, is that most moms are ignoring the advice and following their instincts instead:Read Full Review of The Mama's Boy Myth : Why Kee...
I would have liked to see more examples of mothers getting it wrong, both for my own curiosity and to add a little balance.Read Full Review of The Mama's Boy Myth : Why Kee...
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