Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality

Rebecca Asher

Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality

Rebecca Asher argues that a revolution in parenting is needed if we want to raise our children fairly and happily. Ranging from antenatal care and maternity leave, to work practices, relationship dynamics and beyond, Shattered exposes the inequalities perpetuated by the state, employers and the parenting industry and suggests imaginative ways forward to achieve more balanced and fulfilling lives. 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Shattered: Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Family & Lifestyle, Society, Politics & Philosophy
Format Paperback
Pages 272
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication March 2011
ISBN 978-1846553974
Publisher Harvill Secker
 

Rebecca Asher argues that a revolution in parenting is needed if we want to raise our children fairly and happily. Ranging from antenatal care and maternity leave, to work practices, relationship dynamics and beyond, Shattered exposes the inequalities perpetuated by the state, employers and the parenting industry and suggests imaginative ways forward to achieve more balanced and fulfilling lives.

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Reviews

The Sunday Telegraph

Viv Groskop

Could there possibly be anything more to say about how difficult it is to be a modern mother? Yes, it turns out. Within pages, I was utterly gripped. This is powerful stuff. Rebecca Asher’s take on the culture of parenting is radical, original and refreshingly spirited, a heartfelt call for change. She doesn’t moan or rant. Instead she gets (usefully) angry and — hurrah! — actually tries to suggest some answers. It would be hard to overstate how important this book is.

03/04/2011

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The Economist

The Economist

Excellent and readable … [Asher's solution is] a bit too prescriptive, and it sounds otherworldly at a time of deep spending cuts in Britain. But the thrust is right, if you accept the basic argument that it is the system frustrating women in their desire to go back to work, and that men can be bribed into taking up the domestic slack.

07/04/2011

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The Guardian

Rachel Seiffert

From understanding each other's perspectives to normalising shared parenting, and the priority of life beyond work, there is a great deal to be said for Asher's model, and it deserves to be discussed and debated widely … This book should be read by parents and policymakers alike.

09/04/2011

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The Observer

Rachel Cusk

The lesson here is not about motherhood so much perhaps as about womanhood … The modern woman arrives in motherhood like a shellshocked tourist without a guidebook in a foreign land, and Shattered rails against the brutality of the transfer, the injustice of the new conditions. It could be said that this is the real proof of inequality, this vulnerability to the status quo; and that motherhood is a lesson in responsibility, learned too late.

03/04/2011

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