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Myths of Motherhood: Good/Bad

  • By: Paula J. Caplan
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Common myths about mothers shape the beliefs of mothers and others about what mothers are like. Given that mothers in many countries around the world are a scapegoated group, it is not surprising that most the myths about mothers are frequently used to demean mothers. Further, myths about mothers often shape assumptions about women and girls in general, since most female humans at some point become mothers and since it is often believed, whether or not data support the belief, that all females share certain biologically determined characteristics because of their potential to become mothers.

Two Categories of Mother Myths

The most common and influential myths about mothers can be divided into two categories: the perfect mother myths and the bad mother myths. The perfect mother myths ...

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