I have been thinking a lot lately about about womanhood–how to interpret it and what it means to me. In about a month I will be entering a new kind of life as a woman. My first baby is due on May 27 and from his birth forward I will be not only a woman, but also a mother. Having spent two years in a PhD program in Women’s Studies, I am wary of essentialist definitions of womanhood, and particularly any definition of Woman that revolves around her role as a mother. Yet I agree with Dr. Sarah J. Buckley, author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, that “birth is a women’s issue, birth is a power issue; therefore birth is a feminist issue” (page 8). Yet it is an issue that American feminists have largely ignored. I am fortunate to live in a place with multiple options for birth and prenatal care, to be able to work with midwives who celebrate womanhood by trusting women’s bodies to be strong enough to birth babies without unnecessary medical intervention, and trusting women’s brains to be smart enough to decide which medical interventions are necessary for her.
And while I’ve been ruminating over the political implications of my transformations–both the physical transformations of pregnancy, and the social transformation of motherhood–I’ve been getting back into some of my non-millinery related art practices to help me celebrate my womanhood:
|Pregnancy, by Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri|
For more musings on Celebrating Womanhood, be sure to check out the other participants in the April Unique Women in Business Blog Hop!
Rita Wetzel: www.RitasCreativeNest.com
Audrey Fetterhoff: www.AudreyGardenLady.blogspot.com
Linda Stranger: www.capecodjewel.blogspot.com
Judy Woodley: www.WellspringCreations.blogspot.com
Janet Bocciardi: http://honeyfromthebee.com
Ann Rinkenberger: www.harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri: www.ElephunksTrunk.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly: http://blog.vintageday.com
Cory Trusty: www.aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Karen Terry/McDuffie: www.jmjcreations.blogspot.com