Feminists Take Note: Motherhood is Not (always) a Social Construct

Recently a woman in my social media circles posted a book she thought sounded interesting and should probably be read by more women: The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Has Harmed All Women. I will probably read it. Later. Sometime. In the future. Seeing it, and the subsequent conversations around it, inspired me though. One of the things I find interesting is that many radical and lesbian feminists like to argue that the condition of, or state of being in motherhood is a socially constructed ‘myth’, something to be avoided by women at all costs as it is one of…

Do Kids Hold Women Artists Back?

According to the artist, Marina Abramović, if a female artist has kids, she is not free and her career will be stunted. That is, she will be a failure and not succeed in the art world. Uhm… calling all successful female artists with children to stand up, please! (There are a LOT. If you are one, feel free to comment on this post as it’d be great to get some feedback from you on this.) Here’s what she said in her interview with Tagesspiegel: “The artist explained to the newspaper that she never wanted children, even at an early age. “I…

Joy

Yesterday, I read one of the best pieces of feminist writing on the experiences and Joys of Single Motherhood that I’ve seen in a while. Posted on The Girl God (awesome concept site featuring anthologies and other books about feminist spirituality) and written by Jennifer Kimmel, it is a beautiful transmutation of the challenges that single motherhood often holds for many of us. Kimmel’s strength and endurance are clear, breathing a fresh breath life and hope into our cause: “I suspect there are quite a few similar stories out there. Women and their children, breathing happy sighs of relief, moving about unburdened…