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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2Q06
Professor
Anna Janzen
Semester
Winter

Description
Fox 1 Lecture 9 SOCIOL 2Q06 Tuesday February 25, 2014  Parenting • Think about your interactions with parents/parenting figures • What had the most impact on your development as a person • How would you parent similarly • How would you parent differently  Assumptions: • Motherhood as the natural default for women • Family is heterosexual • Complementary roles • Motherhood as biological, not a social role  Feminism: • Overcoming patriarchy • Revalorizing motherhood • Social aspects • Biological aspects  Parenthood/Childhood • Concept of parenthood, especially motherhood closely tied to prevailing concept of “childhood” • Source of labour: st nd o Little Adults (1 job is to play, 2 is to learn) • Vs. source of social value o Priceless children  Cultural Aspects: • Who is responsible for child’s development • Individual motherhood as a Western focus • What is the value of the child • What is the “cost” of a child Fox 2 Lecture 9  Mother as Institution: • Medicalization of pregnancy, childbirth: Midwives shunned to the side/Men exerted control over childbirth/Reclaimed women’s role in pregnancy • Reclaiming pregnancy, childbirth • New reproductive technologies • Same sex parenting  Ideal Mother: • Apple pie ideal • The guilt trip/trap • Selfless • Sacrificial • Patient • Ie. intensive (s)mothering  Contradictions:
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