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Warner, Judith

  • By: D. Lynn O'Brien
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Judith Warner, born July 4, 1965, is an accomplished American writer who primarily focuses on politics and women's issues. In terms of contemporary mothering issues, Warner writes a New York Times weekly blog, Domestic Disturbances, which covers a wide range of domestic and parenting issues. But it is her book Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety (2005) for which she is best known. In the book, Warner explores contemporary motherhood in “the age of anxiety.” Warner argues that American mothering is a “selfless” and all-consuming form of mothering that makes women chronically stressed and guilty, and encourages women to blame themselves for the stress and guilt they feel.

As a result, Warner also argues that the “mommy mystique” also works so that mothers feel ...

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