Fueled by restricting definitions of motherhood (and womanhood) she did not create, Roksana Badruddoja offers a very personal account of motherhood. She claims that when she made a decision to become pregnant, she did so without quite understanding what she refers to as the “unschooling” that she feels is needed around our cultural imaginations of motherhood (and womanhood). With the onset of a high-risk pregnancy seven weeks into her first trimester, Badruddoja changed her notions of what it means to be a mother.
In this presentation, she speaks of her own unschooling from the fantasy of motherhood as a shared, similar middle class experience. She shares an auto-ethnographic account about motherhood (and womanhood); a socially-constructed discourse that excises the messiness of motherwork. She does so from two perspectives: one from her body—raced, classed, sexed, gendered, and cultured—and one from the body of the American nation-state, also raced, classed, sexed, gendered, and cultured.
What Badruddoja hopes to demonstrate in this interactive presentation is that dominant maternal ideology has allowed mothers to become a marginalized and invisible category who engage in motherwork at high physical and psychological (and economic) costs.