I love this from Contentedly Crunchy – it is her very self-reflective response to my 10 questions about your feminist motherhood. She is not even sure she is a feminist. She’s found her way to something through motherhood and it feels like that something might be feminism. I have long thought motherhood an ideal path to feminism but few responses so far to my 10 questions have indicated that this was the case for anybody, so I am always pretty excited to see a new feminist or someone exploring what might be their emerging feminism through their experiences in motherhood.
Though it concerns me to think how intimidating feminism still is to so many women who want to participate but who don’t have an academic background in the area and therefore feel excluded. So, I’ll go on the record now as someone who has never studied a single bit of feminism/women’s studies at university – oh, how I wish I had, but I studied others things at university and my feminism has been self-taught/self-read.
6. Has identifying as a feminist mother ever been difficult? Why?
Generally speaking, I don’t actually identify as a feminist mother. I also don’t identify with a political party or religion, or even with attachment parenting for the same sorts of reasons.
I don’t really want to declare myself a feminist or feminist mother because I am not comfortable committing myself to a set of beliefs or values as a whole. I will take up, hold dearly, and defend values individually….and I think I am at least “mostly” a feminist. (Again, I haven’t done a ton of academic reading on feminism, and I’m aware there are different varieties/waves/values…but I don’t want to commit to something so amorphous).
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.