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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Definitions for momism

  1. excessive adulation of the mother and undue dependence on maternal care or protection, resulting in absence or loss of maturity and independence.

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Citations for momism
No decade has gone by without some sort of brouhaha over changing gender roles. Typically, the root fear is that boys are becoming sissified dandies. In the 1950s, masculinists decried "Momism," the control of the household by the pants-wearing monster formerly known as Mother (think "Rebel Without a Cause"). Nick Gillespie, "Don’t Fear the 2010s," Wall Street Journal, January 2, 2010
This new momism — which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the nefarious force of cultural castration Philip Wylie named in his 1942 book, “Generation of Vipers” — has found avid cheerleaders for a number of years in the world of mommy blogs and books like Katherine Ellison’s “The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter.” Judith Warner, "The New Momism," New York Times, October 29, 2010
Origin of momism
Momism was coined by US author Philip Wylie in his 1942 book A Generation of Vipers.