‘UNFIT’ MOTHERS: THE BURDEN OF STEREOTYPES

By Srilagna Majumdar During everyday conversations and discourses, we come across labels given to mothers that are burdened by stereotypes and fraught with sky-touching expectations limited by narrow definitions. Aimed at the welfare of others, this focus is seldom targeted towards women’s wellbeing. There have been so less frequent moments when fathers, and children, orContinue reading “‘UNFIT’ MOTHERS: THE BURDEN OF STEREOTYPES”

MAMA 43: International Expressions – Justice & Remembrances

María Linares is a visual artist and researcher born in Bogotá, who lives in Berlin. She studied Fine Arts and Philosophy in Bogotá and holds two postgraduate studies, one in Art and Public Spaces at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and the other in Art in Context at the University of the Arts inContinue reading “MAMA 43: International Expressions – Justice & Remembrances”

Making Space for More Than One Mother

By Aster Woods Shelley Park in “Queering Motherhood” discusses her personal experience with being both a birth-giving mother and an adoptive mother in an extended family. She considers her children’s own perspectives on the way in which she mothers them; her adopted daughter in particular is resistant to her claim of motherhood, screaming “You’re notContinue reading “Making Space for More Than One Mother”

HAPPY 100 YEARS OF THE VOTE FOR WOMEN IN AMERICA

Today is the 100 year anniversary of WOMEN GETTING THE VOTE in America. This is such a big deal! Hard to believe, I was born only 37 years after this law was enacted. At the Museum of Motherhood in NYC, we had an area called the Suffragette Sitting Room, where mothers would come and gatherContinue reading “HAPPY 100 YEARS OF THE VOTE FOR WOMEN IN AMERICA”

Let’s Talk About Monomaternalism

Explorations and Art by Aster Woods What is Monomaternalism? Monomaternalism, as defined by Shelley Park in her 2013 academic work ”Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood: Resisting Monomaternalism in Adoptive, Lesbian, Blended, and Polygamous Families” is essentially the pervasive notion that a person can have only one mother; it also privileges the bio-essentialist belief that only theContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Monomaternalism”

Mother-Daughter and The Unsaid Things/ FILM

By Emily Zou In my last post on Obachan’s Garden, a Japanese-Canadian documentary, I wrote about how focusing on the stories of mothers and grandmothers is important in disrupting the way that we remember our history and ancestry. For this week’s post, I’d like to write more locally about the wonderful way that a mother-daughterContinue reading “Mother-Daughter and The Unsaid Things/ FILM”