Monday, 29 January 2018

Motherhood as a Rite of Passage

This fascinating topic was posted on the Perceptions of Pregnancy Blog today - follow the link in the title below to read it on that site. I'm interested in your thoughts about this idea - you can also leave your thoughts on the Perception of Pregnancy Blog, I'm sure they'd love to hear from you.

via Motherhood as rite of passage

"Liminality “refers to the transitional space in between well defined structures” and is a process people pass through to achieve a new status (Boland & Griffin 2015, p. 39) (1). Victor Turner describes how “liminal entities are neither here nor there; they are betwixt and between (…)” (1969, p. 359) (2). This caused me to think about women as, traditionally, childbirth has been regarded as the full achievement of womanhood (Russo 1979), and is still acknowledged as a key life event (3). While this growth is available to women who become mothers, what happens to women who, by choice or circumstances, do not do so? Is it possible to have other liminal experiences or are they stuck due to the lack of legitimized alternatives?"
 

Such important questions raised by this author.  What do you think?