Why Have Kids? by Jessica Valenti
A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness

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A provocative and intimate exploration of modern parenthood by “a gutsy young third wave feminist” – The New York Times

If parenting is making Americans unhappy, if it’s impossible to “have it all,” if people don’t have the economic, social, or political structures needed to support parenting, then why do it? And why are anxious new parents flocking to every Tiger Mother and Bébé-raiser for advice on how to raise kids?

In Why Have Kids?, Valenti explores these controversial questions through on-the-ground reporting, startling new research, and her own unique experiences as a mom. She moves beyond the black and white “mommy wars” over natural parenting, discipline, and work-life balance to explore a more nuanced reality: one filled with ambivalence, joy, guilt, and exhaustion. A must read for parents as well as those considering starting a family, Why Have Kids? is an explosive addition to the conversation about modern parenthood.

 

About Jessica Valenti

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Jessica Valenti is the author of three previous books, including The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. She is also the founder of Feministing.com, which the Columbia Journalism Review called “head and shoulders above almost any writing on women’s issues in mainstream media.” Jessica—called one of the top 100 inspiring women in the world by the Guardian —speaks at universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad about feminism, activism, and media. She’s been selected as a 2012–2013 fellow by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she’ll research and develop a plan for a national think tank grounded in digital feminism and its communities. She lives with her family in Boston, but remains a New Yorker at heart.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Amazon Publishing. 205 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Oprah Winfrey famously stated that "moms have the toughest job in the world if you're doing it right," and that attitude too often translates to mothers pushing their children too hard to be successful.

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Preparental fantasies about the joys of having children often bear little resemblance to the reality of actually rearing them.

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When her daughter was born at 28 weeks, leaving mother and child dangerously ill, Valenti felt enormous disappointment and a sense of failure.

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Even before giving birth, feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti knew, apparently, she would be an expert on “the truth about parenting.” Two days before Valenti was rushed into the hospital to prematurely deliver a 2-pound baby, she had lunch with her editor to discuss her new book,“Why Have Ki...

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