This is a great essay by Erica Jong. I particularly agree that a lot of the attachment parenting philosophy these days leaves out people who have to work to support their families - "You wear your baby, sleep with her and attune yourself totally to her needs. How you do this and also earn the money to keep her is rarely discussed. You are just assumed to be rich enough.". (I am fortunate enough to currently be staying home, and believe me, I know how lucky I am.)
She also brings up the really interesting point that in many other cultures, children are surrounded by extended families who help in their care.
I also really like this quote: "The first wave of feminists, in the 19th century, dreamed of communal kitchens and nurseries. A hundred years later, the closest we have come to those amenities are fast-food franchises that make our children obese and impoverished immigrant nannies who help to raise our kids while their own kids are left at home with grandparents. Our foremothers might be appalled by how little we have transformed the world of motherhood."
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