Defining Mother #GuestPost

Defining Mother

September 19, 2015

‘A mother may be treated like a criminal for leaving her child alone for 5 minutes, even a child whose father has left it alone for years. Some mothers have told me that having children caused them to be viewed as bovine non-intellects who should be disregarded. Other women have been told that they cannot be taken seriously professionally because they will go off and reproduce at some point. And many mothers who do succeed professionally are presumed to be neglecting someone. There is no good answer to being a woman; the art may instead lie in how we refuse the question’.

Rebecca Solnit, Harper’s Magazine October, 2015.


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