Mothering vs Motherhood

Susie explores the significance of the language used to describe motherhood, and how our words shape societal expectations of what it means to be a mother. 

Topics include:
  • The complexity of motherhood language, including addressing issues of gender, race, class, location, ability, and more
  • Struggles and responsibilities of using inclusive and non-stereotypical language and balancing empowerment with avoiding romanticization and sexist stereotypes
  • Defining mothering vs motherhood, examples of how systems of patriarchy, whiteness, and capitalism affect the motherhood experience, and the difference between dominator and partnership family models
  • Insights on mothering from scholars like Sara Ruddick, Adrienne Rich, Andrea O'Reilly, and Patricia Hill Collins 

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Mothering vs Motherhood
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