Mothers & Sons: Feminism, Masculinity, and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons

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Rashbaum conclude, “offers us one of our greatest hopes for transforming ourselves and the world in which we live-if we will but have the courage to make the necessary changes” ( 241).

As evidence of this, Backes cites the United States Library of Congress, which lists only seven titles between 1968 and the mid 1990s with “mothers and sons in literature” as a descriptor. Please see her article “Beyond the 'World of Guilt and Sorrow': Separation, Attachment, and Creativity in Literary Mothers and Sons” in The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 2:1(Spring/Summer 2000), pp. 28-45.
Founded in the fall of 1998, The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) is the first international feminist organization devoted specifically to the topic of mothering and motherhood. ARM is an association for scholars, writers, activists, professionals, agencies, policy makers, educators, parents, and artists. Its mandate is to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of feminist-academic and community grassroots-research, theory, and praxis on mothering-motherhood. It is committed in both membership and research to the inclusion of all mothers: First Nations mothers, immigrant and refugee mothers, working-class mothers, lesbian mothers, mothers with disabilities, mothers of color, and mothers from other marginalized groups. ARM also publishes biannually The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering. The journal is an integral part of community building both for researchers-academics and grassroots-and for mothers interested in the topic of motherhood. Each issue of the journal highlights a particular motherhood theme or topic and showcases the newest and best in maternal scholarship as well as featuring numerous book reviews. Furthermore, through poetry, photography, and artwork, the journal gives voice to women's lived experiences of mothering in all their complexity and diversity. Please visit ARM's website for more information about the Association and its journal:
This is examined at length in my two recent articles on Anglo-American feminist theory and the mother-daughter relation: “Across the Divide: Contemporary Anglo-American Feminist Theory on the Mother-Daughter Relationship, in Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns, ed. Sharon Abbey and Andrea O'Reilly (Toronto: Second Story Press, 1998), 69-91; and “Mothers, Daughters and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative, Canadian Woman Studies 18:2 & 3 (Summer/Fall 1998): 16-21. See also the introduction to Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation, ed. Andrea O'Reilly and Sharon Abbey (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).
For an excellent feminist critique of Bly and the Mythopoetic Men's Movement


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