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"Impressively researched, elegantly argued and forcefully written... Badinter's warnings about the dangers of excessive child-centeredness are in many ways well founded."--"The New York Times Book Review"""The Conflict" was first published in France, but its message is most pressing in the Anglophone world, where a vast industry peddling organic baby foods and anxiety is sucking the joy out of motherhood. Ms. Badinter's polemic is sardonic, urgent and gripping.... This is a cry for freedom."--"The Wall Street Journal""Badinter's arguments are provocative and rigorous...Badinter's impressive imperative to own one's own life, to take rigorous and energetic responsibility, to cast off the silly or cowardly or frivolously domestic ways, seems very appealing, and refreshing and brisk."--"Slate""Badinter highlights some alarming trends that are rarely questioned, thanks to current attitudes about the supremacy of the maternal role... She delivers sharp insights about the regressive turn of modern attitudes about motherhood."--"Bookforum" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
ELISABETH BADINTER is the acclaimed author of three seminal works on feminism (The Myth of Motherhood, Dead End Feminism and XY: On Masculine Identity), which have been translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Paris, where she teaches philosophy at the prestigious École Polytechnique.