In this Olio, we will examine the politics of motherhood, the correlation between conception and status, and how it impacts women differently across race and ethnicity. We will explore how the laws have controlled both the joys and pains of femininity, and how capitalism, education and pop culture have ushered in a new era of possibilities--and expectations--on a woman’s body. We’ll also take an intersectional approach to how traditional views of womanhood uniquely contribute to the dehumanization of Black women, especially Black trans women. And finally, we’ll explore why womanist leadership is necessary to reshape the concept of “birthing” and caregiving. What are people really trying to get at when they ask “Do You Have Any Kids?” And would it be a proper rebuttal to simply say “Ain’t I A Woman?”
Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.