Rhetorics of Motherhood
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes
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Clever Deployments: A Foreword
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Few among us are immune to the psychological tugs of what Lindal Buchanan calls the motherhood code. In fact, few of any ilk are immune to it. We get pulled into its emotional force, or we are repositioned by or push against those who are so pulled. When people think, and rhetors speak, of motherhood, they call forth widely shared cultural codes that operate in tension with each other, expanding women’s political voice ...
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Discourses about mothers, mothering, and motherhood permeate U.S. political culture and are employed by both women and men in order to advance themselves and their agendas within the public realm. These discourses, however, prove to be slippery rhetorical terrain for women, on the one hand, affording them authority and credibility but, on the other, positioning them disadvantageously within the gendered status quo. ...
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A great many friends and colleagues have contributed to the creation of Rhetorics of Motherhood. First and foremost, I’m grateful to Cheryl Glenn and Shirley Wilson Logan, editors of the Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series, for their guidance and patience as I focused and developed the manuscript. Deep appreciation goes, too, to my dear friend Paul Butler, who has provided me a ready ear, moral support, ...
1. Theorizing Motherhood in Public Discourse
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The person I’m about to introduce to you was . . . a concerned public integrity. And, I am especially proud to say in the week we celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage, a devoted wife and When presidential hopeful John McCain surprised party and political pundits by announcing that a relatively unknown Alaska governor would serve as his running mate, Sarah Palin entered history, becoming ...
2. From “Wild Woman Writer” to “Mother of Two”: Margaret Sanger, Birth Control, and Ethos Repair
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Margaret Sanger had a serious image problem in 1914. In March of that year, she founded the Woman Rebel, a militant, feminist paper with the masthead “No Gods, No Masters.” It appeared at a time when “American radicalism was at one of its peaks of strength and breadth” (Gordon, Woman’s Body 207). Sanger, as an editor with “advanced ideas,” addressed a wide range of issues pertinent to working-class ...
3. Motherhood, Civil Rights, and Remembrance: Recuperating Diane Nash
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...niques of nonviolence to Negro youngsters; the charge was “con-tributing to the delinquency of minors” and she was sentenced to two years in jail. Four months pregnant, she insisted on going to jail rather than putting up bond, saying: “I can no longer cooper-ate with the evil and corrupt court system of this state. Since my ...
4. Changing Constructs of Motherhood: Pregnancy and Personhood in Laci and Conner’s Law
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Any time an expectant mother is a victim of violence, two lives ing justice. If the crime is murder and the unborn child’s life ends, justice demands a full accounting under the law. . . . All With these words and a flourish of the pen, President George W. Bush signed Laci and Conner’s Law: The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), the congressional bill named to honor Laci Peterson, an ...
Conclusion: Interrogating Motherhood, Transforming Gender
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Certainly it is possible to theorize women’s situations and expe-riences, or to theorize gender, in ways that minimize the issue of mothering, or do not address it at all. But assumptions about mental beliefs and values that these assumptions are likely to be implicit in accounts of women’s situations and experiences and ...
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About the Author, Series Goal, Further Reading, Back Cover
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Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 8 b/w halftones
Publication Year: 2013