Feminist Mothering

Feminist Mothering

by Andrea O'Reilly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791475581

ISBN-13: 9780791475584

Pub. Date: 09/04/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Essays explore a wide range of contemporary feminist mothering practices.

Feminist Mothering goes beyond critiques of patriarchal motherhood to locate and investigate feminist maternal practices as sites for women’s empowerment and social change. The contributors see “feminist mothering” as practices of mothering that seek to challenge and

Overview

Essays explore a wide range of contemporary feminist mothering practices.

Feminist Mothering goes beyond critiques of patriarchal motherhood to locate and investigate feminist maternal practices as sites for women’s empowerment and social change. The contributors see “feminist mothering” as practices of mothering that seek to challenge and change the norms of patriarchal motherhood that are limiting and oppressive to women. For many women, practicing feminist mothering offers a way to disrupt the transmission of sexist and patriarchal values from generation to generation. Contributors explore the ways in which women integrate activism, paid employment, nonsexist childrearing practices, and non-child-centered interests in their lives—and other caregivers into their children’s lives—in order to challenge existing societal inequality and create new egalitarian possibilities for women, men, and families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791475584
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Andrea O’Reilly

Introduction
Andrea O’Reilly

I. MOTHERHOOD

1. Professional Women, Timing, and Reproductive Strategies
Michele Y. Pridmore-Brown

2. “No, I’m Not Catholic, and Yes, They’re All Mine:” The Narratives of Feminist Mothering on the Tenure Track
Kecia Driver McBride

3. Feminism, Motherhood, and Possibilities in the Writing of Bronwen Wallace
Shelley Martin

II. FAMILY

4. Planned Parenthood: The Construction of Motherhood in Lesbian Mother Advice Books
Kristin G. Esterberg

5. The Voice of the Maternal in Louise Erdrich’s Fiction and Memoirs
Aimee E. Berger

6. African American Mothers: Victimized, Vilified, and Valorized
Shirley A. Hill

7. Mothering as Relational Consciousness
Amber E. Kinser

III. CHILDREARING

8. Feminist Family Values: Parenting in Third Wave Feminism and Empowering All Family Members
Colleen Mack-Canty and Sue Marie Wright

9. Feminist Motherline: Embodied Knowledge/s of Feminist Mothering
Fiona Joy Green

10. (Un)usual Suspects: Mothers, Masculinities, Monstrosities
Sarah Trimble

11. “That Is What Feminism Is—The Acting and Living and Not Just the Told”: Modeling and Mentoring Feminism
Andrea O’Reilly

IV. ACTIVISM

12. Rocking the Boat: Feminism and the Ideological Grounding of the Twenty-First Century Mothers’ Movement
Judith Stadtman Tucker

13. Women Staging Coups through Mothering: Depictions in Hispanic Contemporary Literature
Gisela Norat

14. Maternal Activism: How Feminist Is It?
Janice Nathanson

15. Balancing Act: Discourses of Feminism, Motherhood and Activism
Pegeen Reichert Powell

List of Contributors
Index

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