(Re)Writing the Margins: Radical Feminism and Reproductive Justice Book Call for Papers

There has been a plethora of feminist texts and anthologies published on motherhood and feminist mothering in the past ten years, but there has been very little published with a radical feminist perspective on feminist mothering, the patriarchal institution of motherhood, the advent of reproductive technology and the backlash on single mothers. Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born is the quintessential radical feminist text on motherhood and feminist mothering and its influence is clear in numerous modern texts, but not from within radical feminist communities. Radical feminist writing has been relegated to online communities – such as the powerful collective blog Motherhood is a Feminist Issue – where debates have raged over the question of mothers having more privilege over non-mothers and whether or not it is possible to be a radical feminist within a heterosexual relationship.

Much of these debates have become polarised into two camps: mothers vs. non-mothers reinforcing the very patriarchal systems radical feminism was created to overthrow by policing women’s bodies to reflect political positions. Even fewer of the numerous anthologies and online writing has examined the issue of reproductive justice from within a radical feminist framework.

(Re)Writing the Margins is a collection of radical feminist essays, personal experiences, poetry and short stories on reproductive justice and radical feminist mothering within a white supremacist capitalist-patriarchy. We welcome submissions from researchers, activists, artists, mothers, children, grandmothers, and community members; we encourage submissions of both scholarly chapters and creative works that explore radical feminist theory and practise in relation to reproductive justice.

The anthology will examine the following topics:

  • Compulsory heterosexuality, heteronormativity and child-rearing
  • Wifework
  • Reproductive Justice for Whom? The impacts of racism, classism, disablism, homophobia on abortion, birth control, miscarriage, caring, mental illness etc.
  • Male violence and the ‘children need fathers’ rhetoric
  • Infertility and Reproductive Technology
  • Remaining childless as a choice.
  • Raising sons as a radical feminist.
  • Raising children in a pornified world
  • Defining gender – on whose terms?

Abstracts: Please send a 250-word description of the proposed paper, including a tentative title to louisepennington@hotmail.com. Along with this, please include a 50-100 word biography and your full contact information.

Deadline for abstracts is April 30 2016

Full Manuscripts: Please ensure that the manuscript conforms to Chicago style, and is 15-20 pages (double-spaced) in length. Final acceptance of the manuscript for inclusion in the collection rests upon its fit with the rest.

Deadline for full manuscripts is July 30 1016

To Submit: Please direct all submissions and inquiries to Louise Pennington at louisepennington@hotmail.com

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