this woman’s work, who blogs among other things about open adoption, parenting children with special needs and homeschooling, responded to my 10 questions about your feminist motherhoodand her answers are very contemplative. This isn’t all that surprising given how gorgeously philosophical her posts tend to be. You can read the full response here.
5. Do you ever feel compromised as a feminist mother? Do you ever feel you’ve failed as a feminist mother?
I am often frustrated that people in and out of the feminist movement don’t recognize the validity of being an at-home mother and/or a homeschooling mother but I don’t think that’s MY failure; I think that’s an omission of second-wave feminism. I don’t want a female version of what men have been stuck with when it comes to creating my life. I want the world to appreciate the value of traditionally female work.
On that topic, here is an old post of mine about the challenges of homeschooling and feminism. It is a fascinating subject and I really enjoy reading the thoughts of homeschoolers on this, but it is an area I have to admit to having zero personal experience with – I am a big fan of ‘let’s all get the fuck out of the house and away from each other for a while’ institutionalised-type schooling, especially in its Montessori form.
This post is part of the 10 questions about your feminist motherhood series. You can find all the many other responses in this series here. If you’d like to respond to these questions yourself you can either email me your answers and I’ll put them on blue milk as a guest post or you can post them elsewhere and let me know and I’ll link to them.