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For Her Own Good

For Her Own Good

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Written by Barbara EhrenreichAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre EnglishAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Deirdre English

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: January 4, 2005
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-7800-4 (1-4000-7800-8)
Also available as an eBook.


Foreword (2004)

ONE In the Ruins of Patriarchy
The Woman Question • The New Masculinism • Feminist and Domestic Solutions • Science and the Triumph of Domesticity


TWO Witches, Healers, and Gentleman Doctors
The Witch Hunts • The Conflict over Healing Comes to America • Healing as a Commodity • The Popular Health Movement • Lady Doctors Join the Competition

THREE Science and the Ascent of the Experts
The Moral Salvation of Medicine • The Laboratory Mystique • Medicine and the Big Money • Exorcising the Midwives


FOUR The Sexual Politics of Sickness
A Mysterious Epidemic • Marriage: The Sexual-Economic Relation • Femininity as a Disease • Men Evolve, Women Devolve • The Dictatorship of the Ovaries • The Uterus vs. the Brain • The Rest Cure • Subverting the Sick Role: Hysteria

FIVE Microbes and the Manufacture of Housework
The Domestic Void • The Romance of the Home • Domestic Scientists Put the House in Order • The Crusade Against Germs • The Manufacture of New Tasks • Feminism Embraces Domestic Science • “Right Living” in the Slums • Domesticity Without the Science

SIX The Century of the Child
Discovery of the Child • The “Child Question” and the Woman Question • The Mothers’ Movement • The Experts Move In

SEVEN Motherhood as Pathology
The Expert Allies with the Child • The Doctors Demand Permissiveness • Libidinal Motherhood • Bad Mothers • “Momism” and the Crisis in American Masculinity • The Obligatory Oedipus Complex • Communism and the Crisis of Overpermissiveness


EIGHT From Masochistic Motherhood to the Sexual Marketplace
Mid-century Masochism • Gynecology as Psychotherapy • Revolt of the Masochistic Mom • The Rise of the Single Girl • Spread of the Singles Culture • Popular Psychology and the Single Lifestyle

Afterword: The End of the Romance (2004)