Avital Norman Nathman

The Good Mother Myth

I am extremely proud to announce that my first book, The Good Mother Myth – Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality was published by Seal Press in January 2014. The book is a collection of essays from an array of mothers, each lending her voice to help create a new narrative of motherhood, in a pushback against the destructive and draining “good mother” myth.



“…several essays by scholars, activists, artists, and professionals delve into the ways in which “motherhood, as an institution, remains oppressive to women today,” and expose ideals of femininitythat are not just exclusively straight, white, and biological but ensure that “women’s work” remains “invisible and unpaid.” Refreshingly honest, frequently funny, and overall intelligently self-reflective, these voices reassure the anxious and guilt-ridden that ‘there is no such thing as a good mother. There is only the good enough mother.’ ” – Publisher’s Weekly

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