motherhood is something that all women are expected to do but only in the right

Motherhood is something that all women are expected

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“motherhood is something that all women are expected to do, but only in the ‘right’ social, economic and sexual circumstances” (Bailey in Friedman, 68) - Ideal of the ‘good mother’ also indicates the conditions under which motherhood should be entered into - Stable relationship; ideally married - Financially secure – necessary to provide for her children, and to ‘perform’ motherhood appropriately - Delayed motherhood allows women to pursue careers that allow their mothering to (eventually) become a site of continued (proper) consumerism Teen Girls as Future Good Moms - Girls need to follow particular path to get to place of good motherhood - Can Do Girl: can do anything - Post feminism: idea, we don't need feminism anymore because gender equality has been achieved, girls can do anything if they put their mind to it, structural barriers are seen as not existing anymore If they can do anything it means if they fail to do those things that it is their own fault - Success is possible if teenage girls are making right decisions to carry them to that path - Recinforces idea that success for women is reproductive success and also being a productive member of society Page of 3 12 find more resources at oneclass.com find more resources at oneclass.com
Sydney Popescu WS 2601 - This means we have alongside this narrative, girls can fall off this path, in terms of risky behaviour they may engage in which leads themselves off that path - Postfeminist ideal of the empowered girl who can do anything and who will one day become the ‘woman who has it all’ (Harris, 2004) - Success is possible – if she makes the right decisions - Good grades; university; good job (middle class) and then motherhood - Reinforces the assumption that success lies in becoming ideal productive and reproductive subject - Simultaneous anxiety surrounding teenage girls – always at risk of straying from this path Adolescent Motherhood - When teenage girl becomes pregnant, she falls off idealized path - Failing to be adolescent girl who continue on path to perfect life and failing as a mother, not bemoan a mom under conditions deemed acceptable, appropriate or necessary for her to become a good mom - Teen Mom Episode 1 Season 1 Farah: when i got pregnant in high school I gave up a lot: cheerleading, friends, and relationships Mom didn't think going on a date was good for Sofia, taking time away from Sofia Emphasis on birth control Ryan’s mom really wanted them to get married, even though they were having some problems - Wanted them to get married so badly she said shed pay for the honeymoon Farah's sister saying theres more important things then boys right now because you're not a normal 18 year old When you have a child you number 1 priority is your kid not boys - How do identities of teenager and mom seem to be at odds?

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