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‘Attachment parenting’ and the unattainable ideal of motherhood

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and the panel dissect a booming trend in child-rearing: So-called “attachment parenting,” popularized in part by parenting gurus like Dr. William Sears. A buzzy Time magazine story about Dr. Sears’ parenting philosophy — as well as a fiery new polemic called “The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the State of Women” by French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter — has stoked a fierce debate about whether cultural expectations of mothers have rolled back many of the social and political gains of the Second Wave feminist movement.


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