What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman

What Our Mothers Didn t Tell Us Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman Talk to women under forty today and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of they nonetheless feel confused and insecur

  • Title: What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman
  • Author: Danielle Crittenden
  • ISBN: 9781439127742
  • Page: 260
  • Format: ebook
  • Talk to women under forty today, and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of, they nonetheless feel confused and insecure than ever What has gone wrong What can be done to set it right These are the questions Danielle Crittenden answers in What Our Mothers Didn t Tell Us She examines thTalk to women under forty today, and you will hear that in spite of the fact that they have achieved goals previous generations of women could only dream of, they nonetheless feel confused and insecure than ever What has gone wrong What can be done to set it right These are the questions Danielle Crittenden answers in What Our Mothers Didn t Tell Us She examines the foremost issues in women s lives sex, marriage, motherhood, work, aging, and politics and argues that a generation of women has been misled taught to blame men and pursue independence at all costs Happiness is obtainable, Crittenden says, but only if women will free their minds from outdated feminist attitudes.By drawing on her own experience and a decade of research and analysis of modern female life, Crittenden passionately and engagingly tackles the myths that keep women from realizing the happiness they deserve And she introduces a new way of thinking about society s problems that may, at long last, help women achieve the lives they desire.

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    1. I'm a bit conflicted about how to rate this book. The author irritated me frequently with her broad, sweeping statements, single-minded approach, and lack of documentation, and though I agree with several of her assertions, I disagree with plenty she said, too.First of all, everything in this book seemed to boil down to "sexual power." Everything. Women shouldn't put off trying to find a mate when they're young and attractive because it's not always going to be so easy and you'll get older and s [...]


    2. The camera zooms in on Donna Reed standing by the door fixing her hair just before opening it for her adoring husband. Dr. Reed enters and is greeted with a kiss by his doting wife.If Danielle Crittenden has her way, women will soon begin to revert back to the days of Donna Reed. She does not seem to understand that today's Technicolor world has little room for the stifling ideals of the black-and-white, Daddy Knows Best '50s.In What Our Mother's Didn't Tell Us, Crittenden makes good points on b [...]


    3. my FAVORITE book on feminismd why it's not all that it's cracked up to be. I would recommend this to ALL females and males.


    4. This book was published in 1999 so it's over a decade now, but I was completely captured by it - couldn't put it down. I've read a few other reviews of the books, and it seems to be either praised by right-wing conservative religious women or slammed by liberal working secular women.but to me it was actually a happy moderate in between the two. Granted she makes a few points that are absolutely conservative to a T, but the main take-away from her writings is that feminism is meant to give women [...]


    5. Excellent book. It speaks out against all the ways in which womens' lib and feminism has negatively affected our society. Womens' libbers and feminists want what they want without thinking about how it affects those around themselves- or perhaps thinking wholly about how it affects those around them. Women like to see the good affects but do not consider any of the less desirable affects. Like putting off children when your body is most capable and then finding yourself struggling with fertility [...]


    6. Another book that blames individual women and feminists collectively for all the problems of modern society, by an author who seems to believe that women who reach 35 unwed will be miserable forever.


    7. Though Crittendon can belabor her points, the arguments she makes are so quickly dismissed in our day that they need a little hammering home. Nothing revolutionary here; this is 1950s morality speaking and it rings true. After decades of striving for that which we can't obtain, Crittenton convincingly argues that maybe previous generations weren't so clueless after all.


    8. This book I am using for my research and although it is very mellow for my taste because I believe women should be in the home and not seeking out careers. This author actually doesn't say right of the bat that careers are bad for women.Happiness does allude the modern woman as the title says it all and this is because of feminism. Feminism has destroyed society and the relations between men and women. Men and women are not the same men do not have the same biological pull to protect their child [...]


    9. I wish Crittenden had written two books -- one as a collection of her overwrought and hyperbolic metaphors, and another comprising only her spot-on observations about the impossible double standard that is modern (1990s, anyway) feminism.She is dead right in most all her conclusions, and I was thrilled to find someone who could articulate my feelings so well. Unfortunately, her often in-your-face writing style and --really, this is what bugged me-- her ridiculous metaphors undermined her argumen [...]


    10. I found this to be a very interesting and eye-opening read. I had formed some of the beliefs Crittenden states prior to reading this book, but it really helped cement my own thoughts on marriage and children. I appreciate the unique points she states throughout the book, but Crittenden seems to rely more on anecdotes rather than facts and/or statistics. Although I agree with most of what she writes, she fails to come up with valid solutions to our current "problems." (A large problem being that [...]


    11. This book was really good. It had a lot of really good points. I totally agreed with her about how women should appreciate & embrace their femininity & not try to be like guys so they can be "equal." Women & men are different & there are some things that women in general do better than men, & vice versa, & being a wife & mother is just as good as being the head of a company. If you want more detail read the book. It was really nice to read a book about women's happine [...]


    12. I had to read this for an American radical thought class in college, it completely revolutionized my view of the feminist movement. The book essentially is about how the feminist movement in many respects has remained unresolved and had created several issues that don't even get discussed. The book is fairly anti-climatic and doesn't resolve much but is an extremely thought provoking work on the fallout of the feminist movement.


    13. This book is awesome. It talks about why the feminist movement was not such a good thing and how it has aided in the loss of values in our culture.


    14. Nice to know people outside of us backward hicks in fly over country support moms being Moms and can see the negative impact modern feminism has had on the lives of women.




    15. So much to talk about!!! This would be a great book to discuss in a book club, especially of women knew each other well and could discuss heated topics. I certainly didn’t agree with all Crittenden suggested, but at other times I thought she was right on. I liked the issues she brought up more than her own ideas of how to solve them. Illustrates the unhappiness that can ensue when independence is valued above all else, even if it is our connections to others (partner, children) that bring us t [...]


    16. I am glad that Danielle decided to write in defense of traditional values as a way to punch holes into the thinking that modern cultural values have no downfalls to them . She states that if we want to change women's lives, we have to blend modern and traditional values. I think the whole point of the women's liberation movement is to liberate women to be true to who they really are, be it a full time executive or a full time mother, not to replace patriarchal views with feminist views of what w [...]


    17. This book magically appeared on my home library shelf. I simply cannot remember why or when I purchased it. But thank goodness I did!My full review is on thebesfword, appearing July 20, 2017. Suffice it to say, 18 years after publication, this book is chock full of wisdom women are still not ready to hear. It's the kind of advice that you either find you be common sense or pure heresy depending on the kind of life you live. And I think there is wisdom to be gained regardless of which side you fa [...]


    18. My main issue with this book is that, while the author presents interesting info (including shocking, repulsive facts of the time), the way it’s presented and the sweeping assumptions present make the book feel disorganized and at times confusing. For instance, she states that men’s easier access to sex with younger women won’t make them want to get married, and while true for some, that ultimately makes men sound like heartless pigs whose main goal in life is to stay single. (1. It’s no [...]


    19. Okay. I don't like abandoning books but this book was infuriating to say the least. While I agree that "modern feminism" DOES have a lot of flaws, and that differences between men and women should be appreciated and acknowledged, I do not agree that sex-ed being introduced into schools and curriculum has not prevented teenage pregnancies. Or that "The sexual revolution, from a male point of view, could be summed up as, “You mean I get to do whatever I want – and then leave? Great!” The aut [...]


    20. I couldn't finish it. After being told that when I cash my paycheck, I don't have to worry about making less money than a man (merely days after seeing a report on Chronicle of Higher Education that refutes this claim with actual numbers), I was skeptical. After being told my husband doesn't help around the house and I am stuck raising our child, I was angry. After being told that the downfall of society was caused by sex ed in schools, I had to stop.When I purchased this book, I was under the i [...]


    21. This book is fabulous!!! It really lays out the fruit of the feminist movement. What is interesting to me is that this author does not appear to come from a Christian perspective. This makes it all the more interesting. All the book lacks is the Biblical outline for womanhood that would bear and does bear amazing fruit(i.e Queen of the Home or The Excellent Wife). It is a must have for the library. I highly recommend this book as a part of a overall Biblical understanding of the fruit of feminis [...]


    22. What does it mean to be a modern women? If it okay to stay at home with children? What if you want to but can't? Is it okay to want to work? What if you don't want children at all? The author has her own opinions, and the book doesn't provide clear answers, but it raises the questions and opens up the discussion. I think this is a great book for a reading group to tackle. It helps to show that there isn't any right answer, and there are pros and cons to any decision we make. It reminded me that [...]


    23. I was not expecting to agree with this book. Unfortunately, I read it 10 - 15 years too late for OPTIMAL effect. I spent many years choosing to make my home/family my focus despite having gone to college. I struggled, stumbling and thrashing, with the pressure to"make something" of myself while taking the most satisfaction in being home. I found the author's message justifying the choices I made intuitively. Her writing has relieved lingering inner conflict. This book is a must for young women w [...]


    24. I largely agree with many of the author's overarching points, but this books has a lot of issues which would preclude me from recommending it to others. Crittenden isn't wrong that feminism sold women a utopic vision of working mother bliss that is reality for very few. But, she bases the book under the false assumption that equality has already been achieved. And, she says some horrifying things about date rape and domestic abuse. I found myself agreeing one minute and ready to pitch the book a [...]


    25. This anti-feminist screed for the upper-middle class woman has some salient points--however none that haven't been made elsewhere, often better: namely, that promiscuity is a dead end for women, that too-long delayed marriage may mean no marriage, and that 2nd wave feminism didn't recognize the importance of motherhood to a woman's happiness. It's written to an audience I don't recognize: super-successful women who delay marriage and childbearing too long. Perhaps there is such a demographic; it [...]


    26. Anti-feminist rant that assumes a few facts not in evidence. The author has clearly been persuaded by the "biology is destiny" crowd, but even more so by her own experience, which she rather arrogantly imposes on everyone else. Some solid criticisms of feminism are drowned out by the author's reliance on anti-feminist standbys: blaming women for what men do, over romanticizing the 1950s nuclear family, and sentimentalizing motherhood. This book won't tell you much unless you share the author's t [...]


    27. This book explores why women are still so miserable after being so liberated and free. I liked it because it talked about how so many of us misunderstand feminism and try to become like men rather than embrace ourselves as women. Of course we'll be miserable trying to act like men! Most people trying to be something they're not ARE miserable. While I don't agree with everything the author wrote, it was a fresh perspective that I really enjoyed.


    28. An attempt at an honest assessment of the shortcomings of feminismI agree with the author's evaluation of the feminist movement, but it is always easier to describe what is wrong with society rather than put forth valid solutions. I think as men and women we must all value the raising of the next-generation more than we currently do. We must realize we all have to sacrifice tremendously in order to raise children who can navigate the choppy seas of modernity.


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