~ MOTHERHOOD IN MODERNITY ~
A few years ago, I discovered I was a biological mother.
My essay, published in Fashion Journal, explores (in)fertility and the gendered issues it elicits: the stigma and blame placed upon women over the centuries; as well as the lack of representation of WOC, and other female minorities, in the modern world of fertility treatment and care. This is interwoven with my own personal experience of donating my eggs and what it’s like to be a child-free woman living in a pronatal society.
Read the full article here.
I don’t miss it. I did for a while, but I realise that I am everybody’s mother. I’ve raised five of my younger brothers and sisters and now their kids call me Aunt Grannie.Dolly Parton, Interview Magazine
There is a way to become a mother in this day and age which doesn’t include your name on the child’s birth certificate. You can express that maternal side, very clearly, very strongly. It feels very satisfying.Kim Cattrall in an interview with Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour