Realizing Nature

Heather Paxson

in Making Modern Mothers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520223714
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937130 | DOI:
Realizing Nature

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This chapter describes the beauty of Athenian women in bringing up children with affection and regard. Women were awarded adult standing upon bringing forth their firstborn child, while spinsters, nuns, and other women who never birthed were considered social anomalies. In this sense, motherhood is said to represent the purpose of a woman's life. Maternity is something that could make a woman whole. It completes the purpose of life. In Athens, in the old generation, the purpose of life was to become a mother, but in the young generation in the cities, people accept women if they do not have a child. However, they admire women more, they accept them more, if they are working women and have a husband, family, house, and children.

Keywords: maternity; social anomalies; motherhood; Athenian women; working women

Chapter.  15627 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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