Friday, June 13, 2008

Alice and Rebecca: Mother and daughter Walkers clash on feminism

Courtney L. Martin, one of my fave writer-thinkers on the gal scene (--hope that's PC--and see my blog entry below about Courtney's latest, Perfect Girls, Starving Bodies, 12th August, 2007), has written a kind of sad yet insightful piece for AlterNet on how a daughter's resentment over (for her) failed mothering signals the failures of feminism. Martin raises the question of whether we are to fault failed mothers for their decision to split their commitment between child-rearing and spearheading movements or the social system that encourages women to bear the burden of raising children inordinately or even alone.