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‘Brilliant’ Jenni Murray
‘Liberating, intoxicating’ Zoe Williams
‘Why, after decades of social progress, is motherhood still so much harder than it needs to be?’
Before they become mothers, women are repeatedly reminded that their biological clock is ticking. Once pregnant, a woman’s body becomes public property: she is patronised, panicked, and forbidden from exercising her autonomy. In labour, women’s wishes are overridden, resulting in potentially life-changing injuries and trauma.
When the baby comes home, women begin a life of pay cuts, lost job opportunities, heavier housework, unequal emotional loads, and judgement from all sides. State support and family networks have fallen away, and mothers are censured for every ‘choice’ they make – if they are given real choices at all.
In this searing and vital book, Eliane Glaser asks why mothers are idealised, yet treated so poorly; why campaigns for mothers have become so unfashionable; and what we need to do to shift the needle and improve the business of child-rearing for everyone.
The populist right have marshalled public anger against the real elites – corporate and financial power – and turned it onto those who represent us in Parliament, uphold our rights, treat us when we’re sick, and create and curate the best books, art and ideas. Culture and education have been made into symbolic arenas of ‘democratisation’ while gross inequality remains intact.
This important book argues that the real elites escape scrutiny while everything that makes our lives worth living becomes worthy and diluted.
Meanwhile, liberals have lost their nerve, accepting the anti-elitism slur at face value. But social privilege is not the same thing as excellence. For too long conservatives have had a monopoly on upholding standards of beauty and truth. But now that they’ve become ruthless modernisers, it’s time for progressives to take on that task. This book provides the ammunition for a timely rebuttal.
It’s time to radically alter the way we perceive the world. It’s time to get real.
Multinational oil corporations trumpet their green credentials. Shadowy billionaires orchestrate ‘grassroots’ political movements. Public-spending cuts target the poor, but supposedly ‘give power to the people’.
To Eliane Glaser, these are all signs of the maddeningly surreal gap between appearance and reality in modern life. We are living in a looking-glass world in which reality is spun and crude vested interests are cloaked in seductive disguises. Get Real is a passionate and entertaining guide to decoding the delusions we live by. Busting the jargon and unravelling the spin, it reveals the secrets behind modern life that we were never supposed to know.
‘A quite brilliant reality check. Angry, erudite and accessible. I loved it’ Dame Jenni Murray