Letty Cottin Pogrebin

(1939 / Queens, New York City, New York)

Letty Cottin Pogrebin Quotes

  • ''As the mother of a son, I do not accept that alienation from me is necessary for his discovery of himself. As a woman, I will not cooperate in demeaning womanly things so that he can be proud to be a man. I like to think the women in my son's future are counting on me.''
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 5 (1983).
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  • ''Like plowing, housework makes the ground ready for the germination of family life. The kids will not invite a teacher home if beer cans litter the living room. The family isn't likely to have breakfast together if somebody didn't remember to buy eggs, milk, or muffins. Housework maintains an orderly setting in which family life can flourish.''
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 7 (1983).
  • ''Like many another romance, the romance of the family turns sour when the money runs out. If we really cared about families, we would not let "born again" patriarchs send up moral abstractions as a smokescreen for the scandal of American family economics.''
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 3 (1983).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The politics of the family are the politics of a nation. Just as the authoritarian family is the authoritarian state in microcosm, the democratic family is the best training ground for life in a democracy.''
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 1 (1983).
  • ''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).
  • ''America is a nation fundamentally ambivalent about its children, often afraid of its children, and frequently punitive toward its children.''
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 3 (1983).
  • ''Work-family conflicts—the trade-offs of your money or your life, your job or your child—would not be forced upon women with such sanguine disregard if men experienced the same career stalls caused by the-buck-stops-here responsibility for children.''
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 6 (1983).

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