A Feminist Icon Passes – Sara Ruddick Deserves Our Acknowledgement

I had to fight to keep from tearing up because Ruddick’s contributions to rethinking these ideas have been so wholly significant to motherhood studies and to me; I really don’t know where we’d be without her. She took a core concept like “maternal instinct” and developed an entirely new way of thinking about and talking about mother knowledge and wit. Certainly it’s the case that mothers typically know what their children need and how to care for them, how to motivate them, how to anticipate their needs, how to help them, how to foster their preservation, their growth, and their social acceptability, to use Ruddick’s terms. By, Amber Kinser

MamaBlogger365 – From ‘Me’ to ‘We’ and ‘Feminist Theories Of Motherhood’ by Jocelyn Stitt

I came to theory desperate, wanting to comprehend—to grasp what was happening around me. I’ve also sought out feminist theories of motherhood after I had my first child. My new social role as a mother completely floored me. I went from being a “me” to being a “we.” In future posts I’ll write about some of the theories that were helpful, like learning about the huge economic costs of becoming a mother in Ann Crittenden’s The Price of Motherhood. Jocelyn Stitt writes for the Motherhood Museum and Mamazina Magazine as part of the MamaBlogger365 series. She’s also part of the planning committee for the MOM Conference in NYC this May, as part of the Mamapalooza Festival and MAMA Expo, gathering of feminists, activists, mothers and laypeople who are interested in Mother Studies and more.

MamaBlogger365 – Surprise! By Kimberly Dark

My friend and I – both of us queer — were having a discussion the other day about parenting. I’m not sure of the statistics, but I asserted that most people become parents somewhat by accident – or let’s make it sound less like a car-crash – they are surprised by parenthood.

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