Message in a Bottle

The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Author: Janet Lynne Golden

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674037717

Category: Law

Page: 240

View: 6335


This book raises key questions about public policy, the politicization of medical diagnosis, and the persistent failure to address the treatment needs of pregnant alcoholic women. The author traces the history of FAS from a medical problem to moral judgment that stigmatizes certain mothers but falls to extend to them the services that might actually reduce the incidence of this diagnosis.

Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

Author: Randi Hutter Epstein

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393079902

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 8624


"[An] engrossing survey of the history of childbirth."—Stephen Lowman, Washington Post Making and having babies—what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver—have mystified women and men throughout human history. The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science. Here is an entertaining must-read—an enlightening celebration of human life.

American Taboo: The Forbidden Words, Unspoken Rules, and Secret Morality of Popular Culture

The Forbidden Words, Unspoken Rules, and Secret Morality of Popular Culture

Author: Lauren Rosewarne

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313399344

Category: Social Science

Page: 323

View: 7323


America's often-unspoken morality codes make many topics taboo in "the land of the free." This book analyzes hundreds of popular culture examples to expose how the media both avoids and alludes to how we derive pleasure from our bodies. • Analyzes an enormous range of popular culture examples in a lively and highly readable writing style • Identifies and examines 12 separate taboos of the media • Provides interdisciplinary coverage that intersects with a wide variety of subject areas, including cultural studies, philosophy, feminism, and queer culture • Offers not only in-depth descriptions of cultural taboos but also clear explanations of why they exist • Supplies fascinating and useful information for general audiences as well as students and scholars of popular culture, political science, sexuality and gender studies, and sociology

The Girls Who Went Away

The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade

Author: Ann Fessler

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110164429X

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 5198


In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

Twisted Fairy Tales

Author: James Lucien

Publisher: James Lucien

ISBN: 1310042349

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 7766


Twisted Fairy Tales is an erotic reimagining of three classic stories: Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz. Pulsating with perversion, these aren’t for kids anymore. This erotica anthology includes the following: Ravenous Obsession – A brawny werewolf infatuated with his younger human sister, gives into his long-gestating sexual impulses, and hunts her through the dark woods. Unfortunately he isn’t the only one seeking her virginity under the full moon. An alluring tale of predatory desire and incestuous lust. Elysian Desire – An elderly man is given the gift of a new life by a mischievous girl, but her fantastic world proves to be ripe with perils. An intimate tale of passionate love, invigorating rejuvenation, and transformative magick. Forbidden Rapture – A wrangler entangled in a lover’s quarrel with his employer’s young daughter, is enraptured by a sexy gunslinger, who is more than she appears, and is hunted by a wickedness that threatens the entire town. A dark and depraved paranormal tale of manipulative magick, lascivious copulation, and haunting creatures in the Wild West.

A Life's Work

On Becoming a Mother

Author: Rachel Cusk

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1466891637

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

View: 3048


The experience of motherhood is an experience in contradiction. It is commonplace and it is impossible to imagine. It is prosaic and it is mysterious. It is at once banal, bizarre, compelling, tedious, comic, and catastrophic. To become a mother is to become the chief actor in a drama of human existence to which no one turns up. It is the process by which an ordinary life is transformed unseen into a story of strange and powerful passions, of love and servitude, of confinement and compassion. In a book that is touching, hilarious, provocative, and profoundly insightful, novelist Rachel Cusk attempts to tell something of an old story set in a new era of sexual equality. Cusk's account of a year of modern motherhood becomes many stories: a farewell to freedom, sleep, and time; a lesson in humility and hard work; a journey to the roots of love; a meditation on madness and mortality; and most of all a sentimental education in babies, books, toddler groups, bad advice, crying, breastfeeding, and never being alone.

A Cultural History of Pregnancy

Pregnancy, Medicine and Culture, 1750-2000

Author: C. Hanson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023051054X

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

View: 1049


Hanson explores the different ways in which pregnancy has been constructed and interpreted in Britain over the last 250 years. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including obstetric texts, pregnancy advice books, literary texts, popular fiction and visual images, she analyzes changing attitudes to key issues such as the relative rights of mother and foetus and the degree to which medical intervention is acceptable in pregnancy. Hanson also considers the effects of medical and social changes on the subjective experience of pregnancy.


The Inner Life of Pregnancy

Author: Chitra Ramaswamy

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 1925498506

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 6777


When Chitra Ramaswamy discovered she was pregnant, she longed for a book that went above and beyond a manual. A book that did more than simply describe what was happening in her growing body day by day, week by week and month by month. A book that got to the heart of the bewildering, thrilling and strange experience that is pregnancy. Expecting takes the reader on an intimate physical and philosophical journey across the nine months of pregnancy and birth, paying tribute to writers, artists, places and individual histories along the way.

The Day of the Dead

When Two Worlds Meet in Oaxaca

Author: Shawn D. Haley,Curt Fukuda

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845450830

Category: Social Science

Page: 149

View: 3505


The Day of the Dead is the most important annual celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico. Skillfully combining textual information and photographic imagery, this book begins with a discussion of the people of Oaxaca, their way of life, and their way of looking at the world. It then takes the reader through the celebration from the preparations that can begin months in advance through to the private gatherings in homes and finally to the cemetery where the villagers celebrate together - both the living and the dead. The voices in the book are of those people who have participated in the Day of the Dead for as long as they can remember. There are no ghosts here. Only the souls of loved ones who have gone to the Village of the Dead and who are allowed to return once a year to be with their family. Very readable and beautifully illustrated, this book provides an extensive discussion of the people of Oaxaca, their way of life and their beliefs, which make the Day of the Dead logical and easily comprehensible.

Everyday Drinking

The Distilled Kingsley Amis

Author: Kingsley Amis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1596916281

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

View: 1740


Collects three previously published works by Kingsley Amis on drinking, including humorous drinking anecdotes, cocktail recipes, and quizzes.


Systematic Cultural and Religious Transformation of a Nation

Author: Daniel Iyeks

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503539741

Category: Religion

Page: 74

View: 6043


"Bude" describes the interactions of two different cultures and religions not only separated by the ocean but also by distance. Polar, a character in "Bude" depicts the culture and the religion of the Igodo people prior to an external cultural and religious influences while Bude the main character of the book depicts the transformation process of the culture and religion of the same Igodo people during the external cultural and religious interactions. "Bude" shows that the original culture and religion of a people are dependent on the peoples’ environment and experience and should not be judged by others but respected. The Igodo people were aware that their culture and religion were under attack in the name of education and religion but their desire for education without the necessary funding made them vulnerable to the external cultural and religious influences. The book concluded that a more financially stable culture and religion will dominate others after interactions. "Bude" is original and the contents are actual events of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries’ colonization of an ancient nation and it is based on actual people and places with the names changed. Daniel Iyeks, the author of this book was an observer at the time and he was also a part of that transformation. It is memorable because "Bude" depicts how most of the world was colonized by the western powers without the use of any weapons and that the approach could be applied in most of the world volatile places today.

Beautiful Bastard

Author: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730105

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2002


An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Sex and Punishment

Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire

Author: Eric Berkowitz

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1582437963

Category: History

Page: 456

View: 8866


Describes sex laws through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia's impalement of adulterers to Oscar Wilde's 1895 incarceration for "gross indecency," and discusses royal mistresses, gay charioteers, and medieval transvestites along the way.

Breaking In Beth (Taboo Older Younger BBW First Time FMMMM Forbidden Pregnancy)

Author: Ana Savage

Publisher: Pronoun

ISBN: 1508064369

Category: Fiction

Page: 23

View: 686


With college only a few weeks away, innocent, curvy Beth takes up sunbathing topless in her backyard. She hopes her lack of tanlines will entice the boys at her university, but one day her handsome, older neighbor Tom sees her. A charged conversation ends with Tom inviting Beth over for some advice from an experienced man. Beth doesn’t know what to expect, but she knows there’s no way she’s turning him down. Tom however knows exactly what he wants—some taboo fun with no protection. To make sure Beth really learns her lesson, he has some buddies over to share in the pleasure. Look inside to learn more about the forbidden, naughty things Beth does with Tom—and his friends.

Regretting Motherhood

A Study

Author: Orna Donath

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623171377


Page: 272

View: 592


Women who opt not to be mothers are frequently warned that they will regret their decision later in life, yet we rarely talk about the possibility that the opposite might also be true-that a woman who becomes a mother might regret it. Sociologist Orna Donath dispels the silence around this profoundly taboo subject in a powerful work that draws from her years of research interviewing women who wish they had never become mothers.Donath treats regret as a feminist issue- as regret marks the road not taken, we need to consider whether alternative paths for women may currently be blocked off. Donath asks that we pay attention to what is forbidden by our contemporary rules governing motherhood, time, and emotion, including the cultural assumption that motherhood is a "natural" role for women-for the sake of all women, not just those who regret becoming mothers. Donath finds that the women in her study became mothers for a wide variety of reasons- some did so to avoid divorce, exclusion from their family, or alienation from their friends; others did not think about it at all, but accepted it as the "next step" of what society considers to be a normal and natural life course. Others experinced regret despite initially having an strong desire to become mothers. Though they may love their children, these women each describe the agonizing guilt and suffering they have experienced as a result of becoming mothers, and consider the different ways they have each come to recognize and deal with these conflicts.If we are disturbed by the idea that a woman might regret becoming a mother, Donath says, our response should not be to silence and shame these women; rather, we need to ask honest and difficult questions about how society pushes women into motherhood and why those who reconsider it are still seen as a danger to the status quo. Groundbreaking, thoughtful, and provocative, this is an especially needed book in our current political climate, as women's reproductive rights continue to be at the forefront of nationwide debates.

Forged in Steele

Author: Maya Banks

Publisher: Berkley

ISBN: 042526338X

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 4842


KGI team leader Steele is determined not to allow a beautiful doctor to break his defenses, but when she's in danger, he has to protect her. Original. 200,000 first printing.

Mildred Pierce

Author: James M. Cain

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN: 0307772934

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 9140


In Mildred Pierce, noir master James M. Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devasting emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable. Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter.

Women in the World of the Earliest Christians

Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life

Author: Lynn Cohick

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781441207999

Category: Religion

Page: 350

View: 2277


Lynn Cohick provides an accurate and fulsome picture of the earliest Christian women by examining a wide variety of first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman documents that illuminate their lives. She organizes the book around three major spheres of life: family, religious community, and society in general. Cohick shows that although women during this period were active at all levels within their religious communities, their influence was not always identified by leadership titles nor did their gender always determine their level of participation. The book corrects our understanding of early Christian women by offering an authentic and descriptive historical picture of their lives. Includes black-and-white illustrations from the ancient world.

Nobody Told Me

Poetry and Parenthood

Author: Hollie McNish

Publisher: Blackfriars

ISBN: 9780349134512

Category: Poetry

Page: 480

View: 6543


Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2016 There were many things that Hollie McNish didn't know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach. These were on top of the many other things she didn't know about babies: how to stand while holding one; how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience; how drum'n'bass can make a great lullaby. And that's before you even start on toddlers: how to answer a question like 'is the world a jigsaw?'; dealing with a ten-hour train ride together; and how children can be caregivers too. But Hollie learned. And she's still learning, slowly. Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie's diaries; one person's thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.