For these reasons I feel honoured and privileged to be holding a workshop on Feminist Mothering as part of the very popular Spark Festival which is held annually. The Spark is a series of community-based creative, informative, practical and exploratory workshops and activities taking place over July and August. I will be holding a workshop in Waterloo, Central London, on 16 July from 1.30 to 3.30pm on Feminist Mothering.
I propose to split the 2 hours into 3 sessions which will explore the
dimensions of Feminist Mothering:
First session 1. 30 to 2pm - Are you a feminist mother? This session will explore the ideology and practice of feminist mothering. As an example, is the sanctity of motherhood by society helpful to mothers in practice?
Second session 2 to 2.30pm - We will explore the social construction and politicization of motherhood. As an example, is breastfeeding in public a human right? Which political decisions do you think have caused grievous social injustice to mothers in the UK?
Third session 2.30 to 3pm - Mother Blame. Does it tick you off that mothers are blamed for everything that goes wrong? Does it take a village to raise a child or is child rearing an individual act conducted in the domestic sphere?
Conclude by eating chocolate and discussing how we can take our thoughts forward.
I look forward to seeing you and having a lively discussion with you on your thoughts and experiences. Motherhood is a subjective experience so come along and share your experiences.