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Mother Outlaws (Group)

  • By: Luca Prono
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Mother Outlaws is an organization that aims to discuss motherhood and related topics from a feminist perspective. It is based in Toronto, Canada, but encourages mothers to start chapters in other cities and countries. The organization organizes informal discussions among its members, as well as conferences and guest lectures to discuss the connections between motherhood, mothering practices, and social change. Mother Outlaws seeks to offer an empowering vision of mothering that is treated as a cultural practice rather than as a merely biological function. It posits that both mothers and children can profit from a situation in which the mother lives her life, in Andrea O'Reilly's words, from “a position of agency, authority, authenticity, and autonomy.”

The name of the organization finds its root in the ...

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