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Motherhood, Sexuality and Reproduction

Motherhood, Sexuality and Reproduction - Motherhood and...

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3/17/2010 1 Motherhood and Reproduction Social Understandings: The Meaning of Motherhood The “ motherhood mandate Is it okay to not have children? Who is able to stay home with their children? Who do we approve of staying home? These social expectations (good mother, motherhood mandate, superwoman stereotype) are often internalized and impact self-evaluations as well as the judgments of others throughout infertility, pregnancy, and motherhood. Women and Relationships: Motherhood Social understandings and expectations related to motherhood Good mother Motherhood mandate Relevant for women’s choices (esp. birthing process) Challenges in fulfilling these expectations Postpartum challenges Economic challenges
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3/17/2010 2 Topic: Childfree vs. Childless Some women choose not to have children child free rather than childless Reasons include : a desire for a flexible lifestyle wanting economic independence not wanting to sacrifice time, energy and identity not wanting to sacrifice relationship satisfaction not enjoying children Perspectives on Staying at Home Middle class women and women with employed partners (who make a lot of money) are most able to stay home Are there any women we don’t approve of staying home? We have very different opinions of single women who stay home with their children and poor women who stay home with their children Motherhood: Stereotypes and Realities
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