Friday, March 16, 2012

As the patriarchy seeks to reassert domination of women's bodies, a look back to the early 20th c.

The precise mechanism for such childhood memory loss continues to be debated by psychologists, but the common experiences of adults who share this kind of amnesia form a consistent pattern. Like those children who suffered the effects of hospitalism in the early part of the 20th century, the absence of childhood attachment with a caregiver results in physiological changes that have potentially lifelong consequences. 
"I want to know so much more about my early childhood and I simply don't," Hrdy confesses. "I have a feeling that others of my generation and social class are very much in the same boat."
Congressional hearings on the health of women where women are considered unqualified to testify, then derided as sluts when they do in alternate hearings, mandatory ultrasounds (some of the transvaginal, tape-the-eyelids-open-and-make-them-watch variety), and the like are all over the news, but does history suggest men have always been the best stewards of female reproductive health, and the most knowledgeable about the care and handling of infants?

The Morning News
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