Conference: Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement
Toronto, ON, Canada
I am pleased to be speaking at the MIRCI 20th Anniversary Conference on the topic of feminism and mothering. Specifically, the title of my talk is “xxx” and the abstract is as follows:
Feminism has made great gains for women over the past century, particularly in the economic realm. Currently over 60% of mothers are employed in Canada, and though their role as employee is viewed with value, their role as mother continues to be devalued. This devaluation has resulted in many difficulties for mothers, ranging from the economic problems associated with childcare to fighting the concept of “idealized” mother, but one area that is often overlooked in this discussion is the effect of patriarchy on the parenting practices promoted in society. In patriarchal feminism, the focus becomes how to detach mother and child from each other to benefit the workforce with parenting practices reflecting this detachment. This leads to dissatisfaction with the mothering experience, replacing what should be confidence with frustration and joy with anxiety as mothers are told to ignore their instincts in favour of these detached practices. In this talk, I discuss how patriarchal feminism shapes the practices in our society, why these are harmful to mothers and children, and how a feminism that embraces the feminine and values the core principles of responsiveness, sensitivity, and interdependence which shape much of the feminine experience in mothering is best.
Total running time: Panel is 90 minutes; my talk is 20 minutes
Cost: MIRCI conference registration
Times: October 16 10:30am-noon (conference runs October 14-16)
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