New feature: Who are the outlaw mothers?

// 15 January 2012

Jane Chelliah’s list of the “characteristics of patriarchal motherhood” is provocative. What she’s talking about are the expectations that our patriarchal culture holds mothers to. Those who don’t adhere to these requirements, she says, are outlaw mothers:

  • Children can be properly cared for only by the biological mother,
  • this mothering must be provided 24/7,
  • the mother must always put her children’s needs before her own,
  • mothers must turn to the experts for instruction,
  • the mother must be fully satisfied, fulfilled, completed and composed in motherhood,
  • mothers must lavish excessive amounts of time, energy and money in the rearing of their children, and
  • the mother has full responsibility but no power from which to mother.

Jane’s idea for a UK movement of outlaw mothering went down well at Occupy London – and she’s written up some of her ideas for us at The F-Word too; click here to read about her journey to empowered mothering, what that might involve in practice.

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Profess Moravec // Posted 15 January 2012 at 5:55 pm

Not that this isn’t awesome but it gets a bit discourging to watch the wheel be reinvented. So much of this sounds like Rich in Of Woman Born in 1976. Maybe the analysis will stick this time, fingers crossed.

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