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Recovering the Stolen Milk: The Politics of the Breast in Five Novels

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Title: Recovering the Stolen Milk: The Politics of the Breast in Five Novels
Authors: Jones, Karyl
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: All human life on the planet is "born of woman," Adrienne Rich reminds us. In Of Woman Born, she makes the point that "because young humans remain dependent upon nurture for a much longer period than other mammals, and because of the division of labor long established in human groups, where women not only bear and suckle but are assigned almost total responsibility for their children, most of us first know both love and disappointment, power and tenderness, in the person of a woman" (11). What Rich does not address is that, while women in the United States today continue to menstruate and give birth to their children, only about one half of these women breastfeed, and averages have been dropping throughout the last decade (Ryan 719-727). In fact, although Rich's book is a thoughtful and woman-empowering feminist commentary, the only physiological aspects of motherhood she discusses to any extent are menstruating and birthing. She fails to discuss breastfeeding in any more detail than to glorify the tenderness of the suckling act.
Pages/Duration: ii, 57 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31759
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