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Making Modern MothersEthics and Family Planning in Urban Greece$
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Heather Paxson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223714

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223714.001.0001

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Realizing Nature

Realizing Nature

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(p.1) 1 Realizing Nature
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Making Modern Mothers
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Heather Paxson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223714.003.0001

This chapter describes the beauty of Athenian women in bringing up children with affection and regard. Women were awarded adult standing upon bringing forth their firstborn child, while spinsters, nuns, and other women who never birthed were considered social anomalies. In this sense, motherhood is said to represent the purpose of a woman's life. Maternity is something that could make a woman whole. It completes the purpose of life. In Athens, in the old generation, the purpose of life was to become a mother, but in the young generation in the cities, people accept women if they do not have a child. However, they admire women more, they accept them more, if they are working women and have a husband, family, house, and children.

Keywords:   maternity, social anomalies, motherhood, Athenian women, working women

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