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By Alexis Jetter, Annelise Orleck, Diana Taylor

Possibly the main deeply rooted stereotype of motherhood, editor Annelise Orleck writes, is "the thought that moms are via definition apolitical, remoted with their teenagers in a global of natural emotion, a ways faraway from the welter of politics and social struggle." This selection of essays, interviews, and private narratives demanding situations similar to a jointly absorbed madonna and baby and explodes the parable that bearing and elevating kids alters a woman's realization in a few essentially conservative manner, silencing her voice and disarming her uprising. as an alternative, those individuals show that motherhood frequently redefines and revitalizes a woman's political attention. From Love Canal to the Kenyan geographical region, from a public housing undertaking in Las Vegas to a plaza in Buenos Aires, from a Minnesota Indian reservation to the Gaza Strip, the radicalizing occasions vary however the results are an identical. whereas so much moms from disparate sessions, races, nationalities, cultures, and political ideologies mobilize to guard their teenagers from poisonous waste, battle, racism, or political persecution, a few equivalent to KKK moms struggle to keep up hateful stereotypes that positioned others in danger. through interpreting the features, results, contradictions, and costs of "motherist" politics, we will be able to start to comprehend the forces that convey those girls out from at the back of their curtains.

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Carrying pictures of their dead. They had come to call for stricter gun control and to express their outrage at those in Congress who were working to repeal the ban on assault weapons. Mothers also marched that year through housing projects across the United States, in self-created mothers' crime patrolsout to spot and report drug dealers. 4 Such protests have by no means been limited to the United States. In Russia, mothers of boys sent by Boris Yeltsin to invade Chechnya organized a movement to get their sons to desert.

Partnoy's remembrance of her imprisonment in the 1970s by Argentina's military junta makes devastatingly clear how the motherhood of women political Page 10 prisoners has been manipulated by state-sponsored torturers. Denying mothers the ability to touch their children during prison visitsa restriction not placed on fathersand electroshocking the breasts of young mothers were punishments designed to break down the bonds of mothers and their children, exacting a psychological as well as a physical toll.

Their struggle moved environmental and civil rights leaders, as well as the federal government, to acknowledge the correlation between race, class and exposure to hazardous wastes in the United States.

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