It appears as though Toronto is the place to be for feminist moms. Not only is Toronto the host of the only research center dedicated to the study of feminist mothering, the Association for Research on Mothering, but it also has an active feminist mothers group, Mother Outlaws.
I have been in awe of what the Mother Outlaws are doing. These women get together to discuss raising children according to their feminist principles and give each other advice and politicial inspiration. We need this in the Bay Area!! Email me if you would like to start a Mother Outlaws group in the bay area: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are lucky enough to live in the Toronto area, here are the details about their group:
"Mother Outlaws recognize that mothers and children benefit when the mother lives her life, and practices mothering, from a position of agency, authority, authenticity and autonomy"
Mother Outlaws are community gatherings in the Toronto area for women interested in: Discussing current motherhood issues from a feminist perspective - Sharing the links between their own mothering practices and social change
The gatherings occur at members’ homes in the Toronto area for a potluck dinner and informal discussion on a specific topic or at scheduled special events.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7-10pm
Real Options (Part 2): Mothering and the Politics of Choice We are currently witnessing an interesting new way of speaking about " choice" for women, their families and their children. At increasing levels, stories in the mainstream media focus on mothers choosing to "opt-out" of participation in the workplace and present work/family issues in an "either/or" way. The way "choice"is often used in such debates often has the effect of reducing the number of available options. In addition, if the real constraints on women’s choices are ignored, then the effect is to individualize problems and to erase or minimize social responsibilities. Of course, there are alternatives to seeing mothers outside of the media fuelled "mommy wars". This meeting will allow women to share their own "real "stories on the choices, decisions, and negotiations they have made as mothers seeking work/family balance. Stories that go unreported if unspoken.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact: Linn Baran, Mother Outlaws Co-ordinator, email@example.com
Association for Research on Mothering 726 Atkinson, York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Phone: (416) 736-2100 x60366 FAX: (416) 736-5766 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org