The term mamazon was created by merging the meanings of “mama” and “Amazon,” which are used in several distinct senses. In pornography lingo, a mamazon is a women with particularly large breasts, such as the women featured in the magazine Mamazon. In contemporary feminist thought, a mamazon is a woman who rejects stereotypical female behaviors of weakness and passivity and celebrates female confidence and strength. Finally, some women use the term to describe feminist mothers.

Given the meanings and emotional power of each of its composite terms, and the ways in which they bring out certain aspects of the other, mamazon is a fiery, politically laden, and often contentious word.

The Amazons are described as a mythical tribe of warrior women dating back at least as far ...

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