In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood.
Hrdy strips away stereotypes and gender-biased myths. Hrdy argues, far from being “selfless” successful primate mothers have always combined nurturing with ambition, mother love with sexual love, ambivalence with devotion. In fact all mothers, in the struggle to guarantee both their own survival and that of their offspring, deal nimbly with competing demands and conflicting strategies.
This is a nuanced, stunningly original interpretation of the relationships between mothers and fathers, mothers and babies, and mothers and their social groups. Hrdy gives us a new meaning to motherhood and an important new understanding of human evolution.