Motherhood: Power and Oppression by Marie Porter, Patricia Short, Andrea O'Reilly Herrera

By Marie Porter, Patricia Short, Andrea O'Reilly Herrera

In feminism, the establishment of mothering/motherhood has been a hugely contested region in the way it pertains to the oppression of girls. As Adrienne wealthy articulated in her vintage 1976 e-book Of girl Born: Motherhood as adventure and establishment, even if motherhood as an establishment is a male-defined website of oppression, women's personal stories of mothering can still be a resource of energy. This quantity examines 4 destinations in which motherhood is at the same time skilled as a domain of oppression and of strength: embodiment, illustration, perform and separation. Motherhood contains mental, historic, sociological, literary and cultural techniques to inquiry and a variety of disciplinary views ? qualitative, quantitative, corporeal, felony, non secular, fictional, mythological, dramatic and motion study. This wealthy assortment not just covers a variety of subject material but additionally illustrates methods of doing feminist study and perform.

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These mothers have diverse problems, but a common desire to mother well. In her research, Marie Porter has examined constraints on Australian mothers in the 1950s and 1960s. This mothering style had helped to spawn feminism. Like the Singaporean women in Hing’s study, Australian women in this period were channelled to one subject position—that of wife/mother. All of Porter’s interviewees followed this path and stayed at home to care for their children. Analysis of the interview material confirmed that the women were oppressed in many ways, but in common with the outcome of the above chapters, the interviewees did not identify with the role of victim.

Concerned, in particular, with valuing women’s embodied experiences as a prerequisite for women’s health and well being, we worked with a group of diverse women, including ourselves. We were a 42 Narrating Breasts geographically heterogeneous group of 10 women from Brazil, Russia, the United States, Australia, Germany, Canada, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea. Among us were five mothers with children of different ages who all had breastfed, and five non-mothers. Regardless of our nationalities and other differences, we found surprising commonalities with regard to issues such as what we believed was “natural” or what might be “best” for baby or how we felt about the convergence of sexuality and breastfeeding.

She is in control. She exercises her “freedom and self-determination” and, in doing so, she “reinvents” motherhood by her action. The mother in Büskens’s research does not want to be in the confining role of mother as defined in western culture. She has no true freedom in that role, so she chooses freedom by leaving the role behind her. This leaving mother returns in some capacity to her children, because it is not the relationship with her children she finds stifling but the way the institution of motherhood defines and confines her.

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