Sat. Sep 21st, 2019

Is motherhood the unfinished work of feminism? (Guardian)

Smiling Mother and Toddler


The topic of motherhood is having a bit of a moment. In addition to several much-discussed books, the past six weeks alone have brought us Sheila Heti’s Motherhood, which explores the will-I-won’t-I decision all women face at some point or another; , a feminist exploration of the science and culture of pregnancy; and Meaghan O’Connell’s memoir , which gives the warts-and-all treatment to pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.


In recent months motherhood has cropped up across various media, including film (Mother! and Tully), TV (The Letdown), and comedy ( and ).


Most surprising to me, as someone told by women’s magazine editors for years “we don’t cover motherhood”, is the fact that publications like Elle and Marie Claire appear to have lifted their long-standing ban on motherhood. Apparently, it is finally OK to talk about one of the possible outcomes of all that great sex women’s mags have been promising us for years. Read more


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