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Motherself

  • By: Terri B. Pantuso
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Motherself, a concept represented in the book Motherself: A Mythic Analysis of Motherhood by Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi, a member of the English department at Syracuse University. Motherself is a spiritual and psychological concept that offers a method for women to achieve self-fulfillment through a gynocentric recovery of matrilineal spiritual heritages where mothers-as-women are celebrated, rather than through traditional patriarchal means. The concept of motherself involves a return to women as central figures in society through the ways they were perceived in the world of goddess worship, where a woman's ability to produce and reproduce life was valued as the ultimate form of power. Women who believe in and quest for one's motherself attempt to achieve individuation (a distinct sense of self) as well as ...

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