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Women and Their Mothers

Jeanette Winterson’s upcoming biography (a great read by all accounts) is the latest in a long line of memoirs that put centre stage the relationship between author and mother. The content of Why be happy when you could be normal? occupies a similar emotional context to that portrayed in Nancy Friday’s classic My mother my […]

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The Conditions of Love

The notion of unconditional love has come to signify the ideal form of parent-child bond, to such an extent that too often the real form (in many cases), conditional love, gets ignored. The fact that conditional love tends to be shunted back into the emotional closet reflects a cultural need to avoid reality, especially when […]