In this explosive new book, acclaimed French author Elisabeth
Badinter attacks a most unlikely force undermining women's
equality: liberal motherhood, in thrall to all that is "natural."
Attachment parenting, co-sleeping and on-demand breastfeeding-these
hallmarks of contemporary motherhood have succeeded in tethering
women to the home and family to an extent not seen since the 1950s.
The taboos surrounding epidurals, formula and disposable
diapers-anything that distracts a mother's attention from her
offspring-have turned child rearing into a singularly regressive
force. In sharp, engaging prose, Badinter names a reactionary shift
that has been intensely felt but never clearly articulated until
now. A bestseller in Europe, The Conflict is a scathing
indictment of a stealthy zealotry that cheats women of their full