Posts Tagged ‘family’

Shorter Amy Alkon: I didn’t get to scream in public when I was a child, so neither should anyone else.


Of course, Ms Alkon is basing this on her recollection. I’m sure that, like most people, she doesn’t remember very much before the ages of 4 or 5, probably not daily events even after those ages, and I’d be fairly surprised if she didn’t do her share of screaming in public at age approximately 2. But even if she’s right and she never did, she clearly doesn’t understand the concepts of “community” and “family” and “parents having a life even when they have small children”.

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Are you, or have you ever been, a mother academic?

There’s a call for papers out for a collection of both narratives & articles about academic motherhood. (That takes you to a pdf, so if you don’t like those, try the general page here – the “Being a Mother Academic” link takes you to the same pdf link as above).

They are calling for both theory AND the “lived experience” – my reading of that is that papers can be either/or (that is, it seems to me that you are welcome to write a narrative piece about your experience, even if it’s not your theoretical area and you don’t want to include the theory).

They are also calling for people from across a range of disciplines.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they got so much Antipodean material that they decided they needed to put a separate Antipodean collection together?

[Link found at Feminist Law Professors]

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A post over at Alas got me thinking about parentage, parenthood, and the importance of biological family relations.

My instinctive reaction is this: it is surely much better for a child to be brought up by a person or people who love it (preferably as much love as possible) than to be brought up by biological parents just because they’re biological.

One of the other commenters, Kevin, noted that adopted children often go through an identity crisis, as may children with one absent parent. I’m not so sure this is an innate reaction to an inherent need for biological parents, though – I suspect it is more to do with the anglo-based societies’ obsession with biological parenthood.


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