PAIL Book Club, vol. 2

This is it– the moment you have all been waiting for! It’s time to throw back the curtains and reveal both our new PAIL Book Club book and the lovely lady who will be leading you through it– Nisha of The Prairie Plate! We are thrilled to have her on board and we hope you are, too. Take it away, Nisha!

When the girls at PAIL asked me to start hosting their book club, I was so excited to delve into the world of books dedicated to the endlessly fascinating topic of motherhood and parenting. I already had a list a mile long of things I wanted to read, but I knew there was one I had to check out first.

I remember first hearing about The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women during a radio interview while I was pregnant. I listened in both disgust and wonder at this woman’s assertion that simply by having children, I was setting feminism back. If I was the kind of woman that would put my children before my career, the author, Elisabeth Badinter, was pretty much ready to lock up my vagina and throw away the key.

I’ve always kind of lived under the opposite belief–that feminism kind of screwed me over. That if I were living in the 1950s, I would have been more than happy to have a handful of children and stay at home with them. (Betty Draper is kind of my hero–well in the first season anyways). Instead, because of feminism I’m expected to have career that fulfills me, plenty of fascinating hobbies, have kids, run marathons, be stunning, fashionable and weigh 125 lbs while doing it.

Badinter’s supposed thesis is that modern parenting techniques like babywearing, co-sleeping, attachment parenting and especially breastfeeding are responsible for tying women to the home and have made liberal motherhood a “singularly regressive force.” Well, I’ve just gotta read this.

I have no doubt Badinter’s book is going to be a platform for endless discussion, and I hope you’ll read along.

If you’d like to participate in the book club, this is how it will work:

1. Send me an email stating you’d like to participate and include a link to your blog. I can be reached at Please sign up by Wednesday, July 25.

2. Get the book and read it.

3. During the week of August 1, I’ll send all the participants an email asking for a question you’d like to ask about the book. You don’t have to submit one, but if there’s something you’re dying to ask, there’s your chance. A list of discussion-worthy questions will also be compiled during this time.

4. On August 8, a complete list of discussion questions will be posted here (that gives you four weeks to read the book). You can choose which ones interest you the most. You’ll then have two weeks to write a blog post about your impressions and answer whichever questions you like.

5. On August 22, a list of all the participating blogs will be posted here and you can visit and comment on everyone else’s blogs to your heart’s content.

Important dates:

July 25–sign up for book club deadline
August 1–submit your optional question
August 8–complete list of questions will posted
August 22–complete list of blogs will be posted

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