This history project examines the ideas about maternity in the danish redstockings movement in the years 1970-75. The project primarily deals with the movement's outgoing magazines and books. The project seeks to highlight the redstockings critique of a patriarchal and capitalist motherhood in the nuclear family. Furthermore the project enlightens which ideals and alternative ways of motherhood, the redstockings wanted instead. The project incorporates feminist theory of motherhood by Adrienne Rich and Andrea O'Reilly, introducing the concepts of motherhood as an institutional myth - and counter narratives. Through this perspective the first part of the paper highlights that the redstockings criticized a women's oppressive motherhood-myth, that was culturally constructed from an patriarchal culture. The core elements of this myth was, according to the redstockings, built on a biologic mindset, which made the mother role the only female identity.
The second part of the project highlights the redstockings ideals for alternative ways of motherhood. These are considered to be counter narratives for the motherhood-myth. These included: alternative forms of living, shared parenting, free contraception and abortion, as well as an emancipating body politics, which primary focus was to make mothership voluntary. Thus the redstockings wanted a new female identity detached from motherhood.
The project concludes, as the source material shows, that the redstockings attempt to break the motherhood-myth was largely at the expense of maternity it self. The primary focus on women liberations, and the rupture with the motherhood-myth in the red stockings movement, seems to overlay their thoughts and efforts to implement another way of mothering.
|Uddannelser||Historie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||5 dec. 2017|
- Adrienne Rich