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  • The ultra-right would have us believe that families are in trouble because of humanism, feminism, secular education, or sexual liberation, but the consensus of Americans is that what tears families apart is unemployment, inflation, and financial worries.
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 4 (1983).

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  • Housework is the only activity at which men are allowed to be consistently inept because they are thought to be so competent at everything else.
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 7 (1983).
  • When a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place where we share our deepest secrets and stand the most exposed, a place where we learn to feel distinct without being "better," and sacrifice for others without losing ourselves.
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 2 (1983).

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  • We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters' lengthening flight. When they need us, we are fiercely there. But we do not need them to need us—or to become us.
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 5 (1983).

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  • The risk for a woman who considers her helpless children her "job" is that the children's growth toward self-sufficiency may be experienced as a refutation of the mother's indispensability, and she may unconsciously sabotage their growth as a result.
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 5 (1983).

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  • Before devising any blueprint that includes the assumption of Having It All, we need to ask ... Why do we need Everything?
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (b. 1939), U.S. author. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 48 (March 1978). Commenting on the feminist notion that women could "have it all"Mi.e., have a good job and a good marriage and a good home and a well-adjusted family of children.
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