Feminist mothers are my favourite mothers, as you’ve probably guessed. They’re fascinating women. I did a little bit of research on feminist mothers (here), and I have a circle of feminist mother friends, and I search out ‘feminist sounding’ mothers on-line all the time. But I would like to know more about you mothers who identify as feminists. Consider yourself the subject of my interview, yes, you. Stop avoiding eye contact with me right now so I won’t pick you out?
Below are ten questions for you, choose all, one, or some. There are no wrong answers, speak your mind. When you respond, can you send it to me here so I can use your response as a guest post on this site (under a nickname or your real name)? Or if you prefer to post on your own site I can link to your post instead. I’d particularly like to hear from you if you don’t have a blog because I don’t get to hear nearly enough about you. (Lookin’ at you rose and kate, for instance).
So, the questions…
- How would you describe your feminism in one sentence? When did you become a feminist? Was it before or after you became a mother?
- What has surprised you most about motherhood?
- How has your feminism changed over time? What is the impact of motherhood on your feminism?
- What makes your mothering feminist? How does your approach differ from a non-feminist mother’s? How does feminism impact upon your parenting?
- Do you ever feel compromised as a feminist mother? Do you ever feel you’ve failed as a feminist mother?
- Has identifying as a feminist mother ever been difficult? Why?
- Motherhood involves sacrifice, how do you reconcile that with being a feminist?
- If you have a partner, how does your partner feel about your feminist motherhood? What is the impact of your feminism on your partner?
- If you’re an attachment parenting mother, what challenges if any does this pose for your feminism and how have you resolved them?
- Do you feel feminism has failed mothers and if so how? Personally, what do you think feminism has given mothers?