Originally released in France in 2010, The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter was translated into English and released in the United States in 2013. Younger son was 2 and I read nothing longer than the back of a cereal box. I remember a dear friend of mine from my most excellent moms’ group talked fleetingly about the book, but I was such a wreck I probably just nodded then checked to see how long it was until 5pm and I could have some wine and cheese and crackers.
Now that younger son is Six and older son has graduated from college, my brain has returned to me and one of the first things I remember seeping up from the ooze was the hazy recollection that someone, somewhere had had the nerve to say that modern motherhood was threatening female independence. And that the person had been French. Read more