Quote break on fathers

The young girl (and the woman she becomes) is willing to deny her father’s limitations (and those of her lover or husband) as long as she feels loved. She is more able to do this because his distance means that she does not really know him. The relationship, then, because of the father’s distance and importance to her, occurs largely as fantasy and idealization, and lacks the grounded reality/ which a boy’s relation to his mother has.”

Nancy Chodorow, The Reproduction of Mothering

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