Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thinking Women Unite!

Since the little boy sprang from my womb, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mother, how society treats us, and what choices do we really have in terms of parenting, working, and family life. So, I've been reading. Which is how I attempt to solve all of life's problems (books have replaced booze and denial, probably a good thing).

One of the things I want to do with this blog is create a space where mothers, and women in general, can talk about our place in society and the family. Why do we make the choices we make? Are they really choices? Who benefits from our choices and our work? Has feminism helped or hurt us? I have lots of questions.

So here are some books I have read to try to resolve these questions for myself:

The Price of Motherhood
Opting In
Unbending Gender
The Feminine Mistake

I'd like to get into some real discussions or at least delve into my own reactions and biases in relationship to the themes and ideas of these books. So, I'm going to use this blog to explore my own personal adventures in motherhood, womanhood and personhood through the lenses of these books and others that I read. I hope that my readers (however few or many) will join me in this look at how we view ourselves as mothers, how society views us and maybe more interesting, how we view each other.

Care to join me?

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.