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M is For the Many Things

54 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2006  

Carol Sanger

Columbia Law School


My basic argument is this: Motherhood is a central but confusing icon within our social structure. It is at once domination and dominated, much as mothers are both revered and regulated. The reverence and regulation are not so much in conflict as in league. The rules remind women of how to behave in order to stay revered. This reverence is something more than a fan club for mothers. It matters in such practical and concrete ways as keeping one's children, having credibility in court, getting promoted at work, and so on.

Keywords: motherhood

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Sanger, Carol, M is For the Many Things. Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, Vol. 1, No. 18, 1992. Available at SSRN:

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