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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 227–243.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Cheryl R. Hopson Abstract: The focus of this essay is a memoir of first-time biological motherhood, Baby Love , by Third Wave feminist writer and cultural critic Rebecca Walker ( 2007 ). This essay enlists a black and Third Wave feminist intersectional theoretic to argue that Walker, a famous...
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Meridians (1 March 2017) 15 (2): 353–381.
Published: 01 March 2017
... against Portuguese colonialism. It pays particular attention to how nationalist movements deployed the trope of patriotic motherhood to appeal to women to join and support the fight for national independence. Focusing primarily on the maternal body, this essay argues that while women are often rendered...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 17–40.
Published: 01 April 2019
... a means of capturing the gendered, raced, classed, spiritual, and patriotic dynamics through which notions of motherhood in Mexico were structured. The national maternal rose to prominence as women and progressive leaders challenged exacting patriarchal family arrangements. Copyright © 2019 Smith...
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Meridians (1 March 2009) 9 (2): 31–62.
Published: 01 March 2009
... question the goal of safety that these registries advance. Part two builds on this foundation to use current shifts in the juvenile justice system to investigate how race, class, and gender complicate who has access to the protected categories of childhood and motherhood, and to the characteristic of...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 383–400.
Published: 01 November 2018
... perspectives, and attempting to provide a comprehensive definition is difficult. There are diverging views among African feminist scholars on the primacy of motherhood, gender categories, and the inclusion of diverse sexualities in the African feminist agenda. There are, however, some common threads. African...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Reading of Rebecca Walker’s Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood after a Lifetime of Ambivalence ,” also takes up the mother-daughter relationship as a window into larger concerns regarding the inheritance of a family legacy. Baby Love , Hopson notes, is Rebecca Walker’s second memoir; the first having...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 207–211.
Published: 01 September 2018
... and tended to each other’s pain and we would have appreciated the sunlight on our faces as a sign of possibility. We would have talked about the challenges of our motherhood in these dark times of hatred and tragedy. And we would have offered each other the comfort of our company, walking our...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 219–231.
Published: 01 November 2018
... women’s writing. Facing impending motherhood, the speaker contemplates her own transformation from daughter into “becoming Mother.” The poem maps the borders between what “we cannot know” and “how it has always been,” unshaken and yet without certainty. Memoir has been one of the transformative...
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Meridians (1 November 2018) 17 (2): 338–358.
Published: 01 November 2018
... militarized ideal of womanhood, noting, “I don’t even think about getting married until the Sahrawi women become independent.” By emphasizing a militarized femininity, women like Khaya disassociate themselves from their bodies and gendered expectations by postponing marriage and motherhood (Saltman and...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 94–151.
Published: 01 April 2019
... right of motherhood at her own discretion,” (Du Bois 1920 , 164–65) placed the issue in the historical context of slavery. He touched on the web of religious, cultural, and political concerns that surrounded matters of sex and reproduction and stood in the way of African Americans’ ready acceptance of...
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Meridians (1 April 2019) 18 (1): 206–226.
Published: 01 April 2019
... draw the reader’s attention to how the term itself bears the weight of the unbearable, both figuratively and in the practices, stories, hauntings of m othering . I hope to create visual discomfort as writing in this form disrupts the homology of whiteness and motherhood. Given the grammatical paucity...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 150–162.
Published: 01 September 2018
... African diaspora. As Sharpe notes, following Hortense J. Spillers ( 2003 ), the de-gendering of the enslaved and the erasure of the childhood of Black children is tied to continuing state violence. Once motherhood and childhood are commodified in slavery, the meaning of mother and child cannot hold for...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 25–48.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Black women operated within the constraints of what Smith Crocco and Waite ( 2007 , 73) term “the black woman’s sphere—motherhood, teaching, and the helping professions.” Although not solely limited to domestic duties, the Black woman’s sphere effectively restricted the influence of African American...
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Meridians (1 September 2018) 17 (1): 184–204.
Published: 01 September 2018
... [Put a Ring on It],” “***Flawless,” “Run the World”)—embraces ideals of female empowerment and self-love. The public has watched her move through girlhood, marriage, and now motherhood, and likewise from controlled silence to performative protest that directly addresses the issues facing black women...