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Opting in: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself

Opting in: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself

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For contemporary women, motherhood has become as polarizing a proposition as it is a powerful calling. For some women this tension is manifest in a debate over whether or not to have children. For others it concerns whether to stay at home with their children or stay in the workforce. Still others feel abandoned altogether by the supposedly pro-family and pro-mother social justice movement that is feminism and are at a loss when it comes to reconciling their maternal instincts with their political beliefs.

With Opting In, Amy Richards addresses the anxiety over parenting that women face today in a book that mixes memoir, interviews, historical analysis, and feminist insight. In her refreshingly direct and thoughtful approach, Richards covers everything from the truth about our biological clocks and the trends toward extending fertility, to parenting with nature and nurturing in mind, to our relationship with our own mothers, to what feminism's relationship to motherhood is and always has been. Speaking from the vantage point of someone who is both a parent and one of our leading feminist activists, Richards cuts through the cacophony of voices intent on telling women the "appropriate" way to be a mother and reveals instead how to confidently forge your own path while staying true to yourself and your ideals.

Author: Amy Richards
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published: 04/29/2008
Pages: 316
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780374226725

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 02/11/2008 pg. 57
Library Journal 03/15/2008 pg. 83
Newsweek 04/28/2008 pg. 50
People Weekly 05/19/2008 pg. 59

About the Author

Amy Richards is the co-author of Manifesta (FSG, 2000) and Grassroots (FSG, 2005) and the co-founder of the feminist speaker's bureau, Soapbox.

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