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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Womancraft Publishing (25 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910559199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910559192
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Liberating Motherhood is an important contribution to a vital debate of our times. Vanessa Olorenshaw speaks with warmth, wit and clarity, representing lives and voices unheard for too long.

Shami Chakrabarti, author of On Liberty, former director of Liberty and formerly ‘the most dangerous woman in Britain’


Lucid and riveting, this book sweeps you along to a realization that we are at a turning point in history. That even feminism hasn’t asked big enough questions. Our humanity depends on re-elevating the nurture of young lives to our most primary purpose. Olorenshaw speaks for a generation of young women who are refusing to have their hearts numbed and their yearnings suffocated for corporate greed and a feedlot existence. This is The Female Eunuch of the 21st century.

Steve Biddulph, international bestselling author of Raising Boys and Raising Babies


Through her eloquent way of phrasing modernist questions, Vanessa is propelling herself forward as the symbol of the ultimate phase of the women’s liberation movements ... Read Liberating Motherhood from the beginning to the end and you’ll appreciate the talent Vanessa has developed in phrasing inevitable new questions.

Michel Odent, obstetrician and author of Birth and Breastfeeding


A fierce and funny new voice — exploding with revolutionary verve. Olorenshaw puts motherhood firmly on the map. Bravo!

Dr Oliver James, Sunday Times bestselling author of Affluenza, They F**k you Up, and Not in Your Genes


Vanessa Olorenshaw’s stimulating and timely book gives centre stage to both motherhood itself, and our confusion over it. And not before time ... Women and men, left and right, should pay attention: mothers truly are our future.

Alison Wolf (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich), author of The XX Factor


Sharp, uncompromising and witty, Liberating Motherhood relocates maternal experience at the centre of feminist praxis, offering a rallying cry for mothers — and daughters.

Glosswitch, New Statesman


Olorenshaw is immersed in her subject, impassioned but without anger, and oozing compassion and respect for mothers and children alike. Her exploration of maternal feminism is inclusive and compelling. She reveals the vulnerability of tenderly holding family life within an unforgiving economic climate and bothers not to dress up the betrayal of maternal freedoms as anything other. If you want to be reminded of why your mothering is beautifully but strangely revolutionary, read this book.

Michelle Mattesini, Attachment Parenting UK


A witty and forensic discussion of the politics and economics of motherhood. Olorenshaw goes beyond both the religious fetishisation of mothering and the ‘feminist’ fetishisation of jobs to build a solid case for an economy built around care — for ourselves, each other and the world we live in.

Barb Jacobson, Basic Income UK


This ground-breaking book is essential reading for anyone who cares about women and children. With passion, wit, intelligence, righteous anger and scrupulous research, Vanessa Olorenshaw lays bare not only the truth about how our society is deliberately shaped to require the exploitation of female unpaid caring and domestic labour, but the truth about the power, strength, skill, dedication and joy of mothering too.

Esther Parry, founder of All Mothers Work


Liberating Motherhood is an important and heartfelt analysis of the misogyny underpinning Western culture and our disastrous devaluation of the maternal: read it.
Antonella Gambotto-Burke, author of Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution

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