By Sarah LaChance Adams, Caroline R. Lundquist
Coming to existence does what too few scholarly works have dared to aim: It takes heavily the philosophical value of women's lived adventure. each lady, despite her personal reproductive tale, is touched by way of the ideals and norms governing discourses approximately being pregnant, childbirth, and mothering.
The volume's members have interaction in sustained mirrored image on women's reports and at the ideals, customs, and political associations in which they're trained. they believe past the normal pro-choice/pro-life dichotomy, communicate to the manifold nature of mothering through contemplating the stories of adoptive moms and birthmothers, and upend the assumption that childrearing practices needs to be uniform, regardless of psychosexual modifications in childrens. Many chapters show the unconventional shortcomings of traditional philosophical knowledge by means of putting trenchant assumptions approximately subjectivity, gender, strength and advantage in discussion with women's adventure
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Each of these insights undermines a facile understanding of pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering as moments on a temporal and/or biological continuum; each calls for a more reﬂective conception of the phenomena taken individually and of their interrelation. ” Cynthia Coe argues that dominant narratives surrounding pregnancy and motherhood remain beholden to a Platonic devaluation of becoming that Introduction ■ 21 draws a binary dichotomy between mothers and philosophers and constructs both pregnant women and young children as fundamentally fragile creatures.
I said that there could be a human relation, even a completely interesting and privileged relation between Introduction ■ 13 mother and child but that, in many cases, it was on the order of narcissism or tyranny or something like that. But I didn’t say that motherhood in itself was always something to be condemned, no, I didn’t say that. No, something that has dangers, but obviously, any human adventure has its dangers, such as love or anything. Women have been taught to expect that motherhood will be the pinnacle of their lives, and yet there are many unfulﬁlled, dissatisﬁed mothers whose lives feel meaningless.
But it does so in such an obvious way that one might dismiss this distinction as simply fallacious and thus irrelevant in a serious debate over the legality of abortion. However, as Bertha Alvarez Manninen argues, dichotomous thinking has infected abortion-rights discourse to such an extent that many people equate the injunction to make and/or keep abortions legal with a moral acceptance of abortion and an absolute devaluation of fetal life. In “The Pro- Choice Pro-Lifer: Battling the False Dichotomy,” Manninen takes up Julia Hanigsberg’s call for the pro-choice feminist community to articulate a “vision of the value of intrauterine life” which might serve to undermine the false dichotomy of pro-life vs.