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- n. the treatment of people in a motherly manner, especially by caring for them as a mother would care for her children.
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- n. motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
- n. the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
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But nevertheless, by turning the definition of "maternalism" on its head and following it with a quote of mine that had nothing to do with the actual definition of "maternalism," that's exactly what happened.
The response above was to a question that had nothing to do with "maternalism," which is traditionally defined as a mother's innate instinct to care and protect her child, something that is real and to be respected, which I assure you I do.
I want to address the part regarding my supposed "equally harsh words for 'maternalism'".
Did the same causes that led to the rise of a bureaucratic state also foster an unhealthy 'maternalism' on the part of those in authority, in which justice is ignored in favor of a false peace?
Is "maternalism" any more or less positive for economic justice, civil rights, educational quality, than "paternalism"?
Marsh has equally harsh words for "maternalism," which she calls "propaganda placed on someone because you want to control them.
There's no hint of equality; it's been bypassed by faux maternalism.
The main difference between paternalism and maternalism is that the first attempts to treat adult people as adolescents, while the second - as infants.
While the new crop of interwar feminists did not seriously challenge or retheorise the maternalism of the liberal state, they had nevertheless departed from a view of women's national purpose as agents of national continuity, while men were endowed as progressive agents of national modernity.
In a sense, this overblown maternalism offered more to women than its understated liberal counterpart, whereby men inhabited and defined public life and women were the unsung heroes of a femininised private sphere, conceived of as apolitical. 32
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