08107Motherhood - Motherhood Seen as central to identity...

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Motherhood Seen as central to identity and fulfillment Motherhood Mystique: Ultimate fulfillment Natural Instinctive and always enjoyable Should fully sacrifice self Intense full time devotion best Excludes women from public life Is the glorification of motherhood benevolent sexism?
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Psych 107 Motherhood Motherhood Mandate Decisions Family planning Policies Poverty
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Motherhood Mandate Does it exist? Maybe it is not natural to be maternal… 1916 Leta Hollingshead argued if natural why: Ideologies related to good mothering Laws related to birth control, abortion, child desertion, abandonment Religious doctrine Art representations Illusions of motherhood Gendered ed. Bugaboos – fears around “late fertility”
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Childfree vs. childless May be a choice May be circumstance that relates to being a parent or not Unless both identities of mother and non mother are validated, can women be liberated? Are there other ways to be generative?
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08107Motherhood - Motherhood Seen as central to identity...

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