Definitions

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  • noun the treatment of people in a motherly manner, especially by caring for them as a mother would care for her children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
  • noun the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother

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Examples

  • 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.

    Taylor Marsh: 'Pro-Life Feminism' is an Oxymoron

  • I want to address the part regarding my supposed "equally harsh words for 'maternalism'".

    Taylor Marsh: 'Pro-Life Feminism' is an Oxymoron

  • 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.

    Taylor Marsh: 'Pro-Life Feminism' is an Oxymoron

  • 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?

    The New Beginning

  • 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?

    Archive 2008-09-21

  • Is "maternalism" any more or less positive for economic justice, civil rights, educational quality, than "paternalism"?

    BlueOregon

  • Marsh has equally harsh words for "maternalism," which she calls "propaganda placed on someone because you want to control them.

    Taylor Marsh: 'Pro-Life Feminism' is an Oxymoron

  • There's no hint of equality; it's been bypassed by faux maternalism.

    Mollycoddling the men

  • The main difference between paternalism and maternalism is that the first attempts to treat adult people as adolescents, while the second - as infants.

    HCR: Pelosi tells the simple-minded American people not to worry our pretty little heads about it

  • 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.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

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