Mother: WSQ: Fall/Winter 2009

Overview

The media flurry over the recent birth of octuplets, the obsession with celebrity moms and baby bump sightings, LGBT moms and men as moms—fascination with motherhood is at an all-time high. But what does it mean to be a mother in this moment? Televised debates pit stay-at-home moms against working moms, but the majority of mothers pursue both family and paid employment. Why is so much of the discussion around mothering about choice and agency, when women's reproductive rights are vulnerable and the pro-choice ...

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Overview

The media flurry over the recent birth of octuplets, the obsession with celebrity moms and baby bump sightings, LGBT moms and men as moms—fascination with motherhood is at an all-time high. But what does it mean to be a mother in this moment? Televised debates pit stay-at-home moms against working moms, but the majority of mothers pursue both family and paid employment. Why is so much of the discussion around mothering about choice and agency, when women's reproductive rights are vulnerable and the pro-choice movement is on the defensive? Mother addresses these cultural contradictions in personal essays, analysis, fiction, and artwork.

Nicole Cooley, an award-winning poet and author of The Afflicted Girls, Resurrection, and Judy Garland, Ginger Love, is a professor at Queens College, CUNY.

Pamela Stone, author of Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home, is a sociology professor at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558616097
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Women's Studies Quarterly Series
  • Edition description: 37th Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicole Cooley is an award winning poet. Her first poetry collection, Resurrection, received the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets. She is also the author of The Afflicted Girls and Judy Garland, Ginger Love. Cooley was awarded the "Discovery"/The Nation Award and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She is a professor at Queens College. Pamela Stone is sociology professor at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her articles have appeared in several journals including the American Sociological Review and Journal of Women, Politics and Policy. Stone was a fellow of Hunter's Gender Equity Program and Associate Director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute at Harvard University.

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