For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women

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The authors present provocative new perspectives on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.

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Ehrenreich and English look at what kind of advice we've been given for the last two hundred years. Although they provide a good deal of social, political, economic, and general background to the ... Read full review

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A history of how the status of women has changed since the Industrial Revolution, when the modern gender roles were delineated based on the new divisions of labor. Very well researched, and well ... Read full review


oNE In the Ruins of Patriarchy
Two Witches Healers and Gentleman Doctors
The Witch Hunts The Conflict over Healing Comes to America
THREE Science and the Ascent of the Experts
Four The Sexual Politics of Sickness
Five Microbes and the Manufacture of Housework
The Domestic Void The Romance of the Home Domestic
sēv EN Motherhood as Pathology
The Expert Allies with the Child The Doctors Demand
Obligatory Oedipus Complex Communism and the Crisis
EIGHT From Masochistic Motherhood
Midcentury Masochism Gynecology as Psychotherapy
The End of the Romance 2004

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Barbara Ehrenreich has written and lectured widely on subjects related to health care and women's issues. She has contributed articles to Time, Harper's, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. She is the bestselling author of nearly 20 books including Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch.

Deirdre English has written, taught, and edited work on a wide array of subjects related to investigative reporting, cultural politics, and public policy. She has contributed to Mother Jones, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications, and to public radio and television.

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