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By Sara Hayden, Lynn O'Brien Hallstein, Jaime E. Bochantin, Kirsten J. Broadfoot, Jennifer J. Bute, Patrice Buzzanell, Renee L. Cowan, Summer R. Cunningham, Suzy D'Enbeau, Bonnie J. Dow, John Duckworth, Jennifer Emerling Bone, Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz, Karen A.

Girls who got here of age within the overdue 20th century have been raised within the period of selection; they grew up believing that reproductive decision-making is a political correct, a accountability of ladies residing the successes of moment wave feminism, and lower than their keep watch over. Contemplating Maternity in an period of selection: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction explores modern maternity either inside and in mild of those late-twentieth century understandings. applying a number of feminist verbal exchange ways, the volume's members speak about how discourses of selection form and are formed by way of women's identities and studies as (non)mothers and the way those self same discourses impact and mirror deepest practices and public guidelines relating to copy and motherhood. via this approach, the participants illustrate quite a few methods of undertaking feminist considering, learn, and practices in the conversation self-discipline. significant sub-disciplines inside of verbal exchange stories are represented right here together with feminist organizational, interpersonal, rhetorical, critical/cultural, and social move experiences. while a few of the prior scholarly investigations into maternity spotlight just one element or part of motherhood, Contemplating Maternity in an period of Choice is exclusive since it investigates discourses of selection around the arc of maternity and as enacted via a variety of (non)maternal topic positions.

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Based on in-depth interviews with the men, the authors explore unexamined choice in taken-for-granted gender relations; partial awareness and choice about when to have children but not about caregiving arrangements; choice both dictated by gender, class, and fatherhood ideologies and by the challenges that having children represent; to constrained choices and choices reflecting, and resisting divergent and sometimes unconventional gender priorities. They conclude that the work of the unfinished second wave and much needed third wave feminism includes enlarging the discursive space surrounding choice and encouraging men and women to realize that there is choice and agency in situations currently perceived as taken-for-granted through gender normative lenses.

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The relationship between white feminism and intensive mothering is and has been complex, especially as we live within the successes of white second wave feminism. In fact, in their focus on mediated images of intensive mothering, Douglas and Michaels (2004) argue feminism and intensive mothering were competing discourses during white 1970s feminism. Indeed, Douglas and Michaels (2004) suggest, as 1970s feminism gave “women permission to say that the rosy myths of marriage and motherhood weren’t what they were cracked up to be, we began to see the rise of the mouthy mother [in media representations of mothers], sometimes deadly serious, most often making a joke of her predicament” (p.

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