‘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”

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”

Accepting Help

By Aster Woods Can you imagine a scenario that would finally push you over the edge? Or do you just keep telling yourself you can handle anything? For people who care for others, hitting rock bottom is often an abstract principle. You do whatever it takes to keep on going. Because what’s the alternative? Really?Continue reading “Accepting Help”

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”

Vegetables by Aster Woods

Art and Words by Aster Woods – Aster is caregiver to her mother 03/08/2020 10.32 AM Clean Bedroom 03/08/2020 10.52 AM Find Last Night’s Dinner 03/08/2020 10.55 AM Have Difficult Conversation about Vegetables I want her to eat vegetables. I want her to eat vegetables so much. I have a Pinterest board full of creativeContinue reading “Vegetables by Aster Woods”