In a recent issue of the journal Feminism and Psychology devoted to the topic of “Mothering Sons, ” Robyn Rowland and Alison M. Thomas write that one of the challenges for mothers raising sons is that of finding “ways to create a generation of men who can live in a world where women-feminist or not-will no longer put up with the old version of masculinity” (1996a, 93). This “old version of masculinity” would include R. W. Connell's well-known concept of “hegemonic masculinity, ” which is the dominant form of masculinity at any given historical juncture, one which involves the domination of women and is constructed in relation to varied marginalized and subordinated masculinities (1987, 1995). In eschewing this old version of masculinity, it is worth asking whether, in this process, feminist mothers would want their sons to grow up to be mothers? The question of boys growing into mothering, or more specifically men and mothering, is the subject of my chapter. I attempt to formulate an answer to this question by constructing a hypothetical conversation between Sara Ruddick's views, as expressed mainly in her most recent version of Maternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace, and
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Publication information: Book title: Mothers & Sons: Feminism, Masculinity, and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons. Contributors: Andrea O'Reilly - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 163.
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