Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery by Rachel Adams

After reading Cristina Nehring’s breathtakingly nasty review (described in the previous post) of Rachel Adams’s Raising Henry:  A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013) I just had to read it myself.  So, a borrowed copy from our in-state interlibrary loan system arrived this week, and I’ve spent the last few days … Continue reading Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery by Rachel Adams

Competitve motherhood and envy meet the oppression olympics.

Just go read Cristina Nehring’s review of Rachel Adams’s Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013). I don’t want to exerpt any of it, it’s just so unbelieveably mean. So go ahead–I’ll wait. I haven’t read the book, but it strikes me as completely appropriate (insofar as I can … Continue reading Competitve motherhood and envy meet the oppression olympics.

A Modest Proposal: the Defense of Motherhood Act

Here’s an excellent suggestion from University of Wisconsin law proffie R. Alta Charo:  The Defense of Motherhood Act!  Coming soon to a state legislature near you, if you decide to make it happen: Having an abortion is a momentous decision. And a growing number of states are expressing concern for women who are contemplating that … Continue reading A Modest Proposal: the Defense of Motherhood Act

Historiann at the MCA Denver: more blah-blah about blogs, motherhood, and feminism

Howdy!  Didja miss me?  One of the reasons–aside from spring break!–I’ve been offline recently is that I have some real-life presentations to prepare and research talks to get ready.  For example, tomorrow I’ll be hitching up Seminar, my commuter horse, and high-tailin’ it down to Denver tomorrow right after class to convene a discussion on … Continue reading Historiann at the MCA Denver: more blah-blah about blogs, motherhood, and feminism

What I learned from blogging: authority, essentialism, and motherhood

Suzie at Echidne has a list up of the six things she’s learned from blogging–go check it out, and if you’re a blogger (or a blog commenter), add your thoughts in the comments over there or here below.  Tell us what you’ve learned!  (If you click on over to Echidne, you’ll learn all about Wiener … Continue reading What I learned from blogging: authority, essentialism, and motherhood

Motherhood and the construction of women's athletic talent, part II: U.S. Open edition

Oh, yeah!  You know that babies are like catnip to the international media, especially when their mothers are winning, world-class athletes!  Last year during the Olympics, regarding the spate of stories about Darra Torres and other women athletes with children, I wrote about my bafflement about the ways in which women athletes who are mothers are represented in … Continue reading Motherhood and the construction of women's athletic talent, part II: U.S. Open edition

Kennedy and aristocracy, Palin and motherhood, and the "trashing" of Hillary Clinton

Speaking of American aristocracy and connections, go read Tina Brown on Caroline Kennedy.  “Why now?” seems to be the question everyone is asking, and Kennedy has been utterly ineffectual in answering that question with her Upper East Side-inflected, dispassionate Locust Valley Lockjaw.  It’s all about class, baby: I  have my own theory of why Caroline wants … Continue reading Kennedy and aristocracy, Palin and motherhood, and the "trashing" of Hillary Clinton

Motherhood and the construction of women's athletic talent

Is anyone else struck by the way that men and women in both the print and broadcast media describe women athletes who happen to have children as (to paraphrase) “an Olympic athlete and a XX year-old mom!” in a tone that suggests they’re saying something like “an Olympic athlete and a XX year-old two-packs-a-day smoker!” or “an Olympic … Continue reading Motherhood and the construction of women's athletic talent