Previously to this class I had taken another course over motherhood that I absolutely loved so I was very excited to take this course. As a hopeful future OBGYN I am very interested in motherhood from the very beginning stages of pregnancy through childbirth, and in women's lives as adults. Many moms are so stressed and live such hectic lives that they forget who they are and to take time for themselves which can be detrimental to themselves. I enjoyed this class because it reminded me just how broadly our society views mothers. Although I am concerned about moms and their health, that is not the general point of interest for most people.
I also found this class interesting because it made me evaluate how I want to be as a mother in the future. In my generation I find that I am in a tug of war between the traditional household I grew up in and would like to replicate and the more modern or liberal views that I have developed as an individual (especially given my women's studies major courses). This class has reminded me that I can't be perfect but that I can make it work, despite my intense career goals.
moms in the news
car crash mom
I think this mother was my favorite and the most bada**. She yanked out this man and showed him just how in the wrong he was, all in the name of protecting her own children.
This mom is a perfect example of the selfless love that most mothers have for their children. She was willing and ready to permanently mark her own body so her daughter would never feel self conscious.
This mom (if she even deserves to be called that) deserves an award for worst mom ever. Not only is it terrible that she killed her own children. She hid the bodies in the freezer. By forcing her teenage daughter to do it for her. Despicable.
car crash mom
moms in magazines
Parents' Magazine - 1935
Life was much different in the 30's for mothers and families. Society was still very much a patriarchy; the man ruled the house and didn't have time to help at home (especially in such hard economic times). Women did even more at home than they do now because of the lack of technology. Compared to life in the 60's however, women were much more equal, and even encouraged to be independent. This was after the 1st wave of feminism so women were testing their new found freedom and respect. Although mothers did all the work at home, it was not unusual to find homes in which mothers were also active outside in the community or at a small job.
moms in novels - the joy luck club
mothers in movies
In all of the movies we watched there are different types of moms portrayed, from almost too perfect to be real to absolutely horrendous moms. M’Lynn Eatenton and her daughter, Shelby, have a very loving relationship in the movie Steel Magnolias, albeit Shelby’s resistance to her mother’s tendency to be a bit over-nurturing. Shelby is fragile due to her diabetic condition, and her mother is never able to let go of her little girl. She is always making sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible for her daughter from the very beginning of the film.When M’Lynn loses her daughter, she loses her precious baby that she has always protected. She is an example of a loving, nurturing and caring mother.
moms on tv
mothers, teens and children
In teen fiction, moms are portrayed in a variety of ways, and almost every one is flawed in some sort of way. In contrast to children's books and movies where moms are nearly perfect and there is little conflict, many of these moms are portrayed more realistically. This aligns with the thought that the teenage years are when kids start to see their parents for who they are as imperfect humans, like anyone else.