The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality

The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality


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ISBN-13: 9781580055024
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 294,316
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Avital Norman Nathman is a former teacher and lifelong learner turned freelance writer. Her work, which places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, including motherhood, gender, reproductive justice, and reproductive health, has been featured in Bitch magazine, The New York Times, Bamboo Family Magazine, RH Reality Check, CNN, Offbeat Families,, and more. In addition to her blog, The Mamafesto, Norman Nathman has a regular series, “The Femisphere,” for Ms. magazine’s site, as well as a regular feminist parenting column, “Mommie Dearest,” for The Frisky.

While teaching high school social studies for a number of years, Norman Nathman completed her master’s thesis at Wesleyan University, with a concentration in women’s studies. Her thesis, which focused on the status of feminism in the lives of women in their twenties, only fueled her interest in investigating and commenting on the role of feminism for women in other aspects of their lives, including motherhood.

Based in Western Massachusetts with her husband and son, Norman Nathman enjoys digging in her urban garden, hosting dance parties in her kitchen, tweeting (follow her @TheMamafesto), and searching for the perfect cup of chai.

Christy Turlington Burns is a mother, a model, and the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword Christy Turlington Burns ix

Introduction xiii

Part I Mama, Don't Fail Me Now…

Ichabod's Ghost Abby Sher 21

My Little Early Perfect Stephanie Kaloi 27

The Unapologetic No Soraya Chemaly 33

Parenting Without a Rope Heather Hewett 41

Mama Don't Cook Carla Naumburg 49

The Hallowed Life of an Agnostic Mother Victoria Brooke Rodrigues 57

When Our Hearts Walk Outside of Our Bodies Jessica Valenti 65

Yes, I Am That Selfish Avital Norman Nathman 69

Part II In The Mama Trenches

The Good Enough Mother Nerissa Nields 77

Another Way to End the Evening Andie Fox 83

Climbers Deborah Siegel 89

Is This Motherhood or Middle School? Naomi Shulman 97

There's a Zombie Cavewoman in All of Us Amber Dusick 103

No More Fakebook Sarah Emily Tuttle-Singer 107

Oh Father, Where Art Thou? Lisa Duggan 113

Part III Inside Mama's Mind

An Existential Crisis is Born Aly Windsor 121

Through Distortion Arwyn Daemyir 129

Down the Rabbit Hole Anne-Marie Lindsey 135

Failure to Launch Kimberly Morand 141

The Peculiar Curse of Mentally 111 Motherhood Shannon Drury 147

Part IV Mama By Any Other Name

The Invisible Mother Shay Stewart-Bouley 155

The Adoption Aisle Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser 163

Confessions of a Born-Bad Mother Joy Ladin 171

The Impossibility of the Good Black Mother T. F. Charlton 177

Not Your Average Teen Mother Elizabeth Crossen 185

All the Single Ladies Jennifer Baumgardner 193

The Way It's Supposed to Be Kristen Oganowski 201

Part V "No Good" Mama

Joint Parenting Pauline Abraham 209

The End of Cute Sharon Lerner 213

The Macaroni and Cheese Dilemma Liz Henry 221

Making Time for Lust Erika Lust 227

To Be Real Candace Walsh 231

Lucky American Girl K. J. Dellantonia 237

My Online Life as a (Not So) Lesbian Mama Christina Soletti 245

When Good Mothers Come From Bad Ones Gina Crosley-Corcoran 253

Give Me My 'A' In Scarlet Tara Jean Bernier 261

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The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I found The Good Mother Myth to be informative, eye opening, funny, and at times brought me to tears. No matter what type of mother you are, you will find yourself within this book. Whether you are a stay at home mom, working mom, lesbian mom, postpartum depressed mom, or a mom with physical or mental health issues.  I definitely found many essays of the book that I could relate to. My favorite essay was by Amber Dusick. Oh my goodness! It was SO funny!  I think this book is a must read for ALL mothers. 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading some 4 and 5 star reviews. I was very disappointed. I have 2 young boys and love reading about other moms. This book didn't make me think I could connect to any of them. It seemed more for unconventional families not traditional ones. Such as mental disorders, lesbians, transgenders and single moms, even moms who feel good about having an abortion.