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Gore, Ariel

  • By: Jillian M. Duquaine-Watson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

A well-known author and cultural critic, Ariel Gore has spent much of her adult life challenging American stereotypes of the good mother and urging other mothers to do the same. After founding the award-winning magazine Hip Mama in 1993 as a project during her senior year of college, Gore garnered a loyal following of women interested in alternative parenting.

She went on to create the Website, http://www.hipmama.com, and has written, edited, and contributed to numerous books on mothering. Articulating theories that are derived primarily from her own experiences as a single mother, Gore urges mothers to follow their intuition rather than advice manuals, to forgo faulty notions of perfect mothering, and to take the time to nurture both the mother as well as nonmother parts of ...

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