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- n. Finding fault; carping
- n. Excessive attachment to one’s mother
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Carping; faultfinding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. excessive protection
You don't even have to be a mother to find a place in the new momism, which is, after all, at base about a certain idea of womanhood; woman as earthy, concrete, with her view of the world bound by personal experience - by "immanence," as Simone de Beauvoir once put it - and not by professional experience or abstract learning.
An afterward briefly summarizes the work of sf author Philip Wylie (When Worlds Collide) who coined the term "momism" to explain how sentimentality and over-simplification would be the ruin of American Democracy.
There is a lot of "momism" in this country which is strange because the majority of women are moms although that number is getting smaller.
I'm understanding more of this "momism" that I've heard about.
A predictable result of such concerns, given popular condemnation of momism, was the servicemen's fear that their sons had become sissies.
On soldiers, psychiatrists, and momism, see Rebecca Jo Plant, "The Repeal of Mother Love: Momism and the Reconstruction of Motherhood in Philip Wylie's America" (Ph.D. dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University, 2001), 183, 193 – 200. back
Not surprisingly, given popular anxiety about momism, Dumas and Keen's primary advice to mothers was to "cut those apron strings."
On momism and readjustment, see Plant, "The Veteran, His Wife, and Their Mothers." back
There is enough ‘momism’ in our society, I would hope that anyone calling themselves a feminist would understand that moms deserve just as much respect as those who choose not to be or cannot be.
Michaels, takes a stab at it by suggesting that the old “feminine mystique” has morphed into a “new momism,” a perfectionist ideal of motherhood that torments women with standards no mortal can meet.