Page Count: 249
Publication Date: November 2015
“Essential Breakthroughs contributes to the queering of motherhood studies through examining a diverse set of phenomenological perspectives and epistemological standpoints on caregiving. Including compelling narratives and analyses from expectant fathers and male nannies to lesbian mothers and transmen making different reproductive decisions, Green and Pelletier’s collection provides a rich starting place from which to think about the limitations of normative discourses around mothering. This is a vital collection for those wishing to engage a conversation about men and mothering that is simultaneously queer and feminist, that abandons gender essentialism while retaining a maternal lens as an essential tool of critical analysis.”
—Shelley Park, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Central Florida; author of Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood
“Formal equality reigns in an increasing number of countries, and yet sexist and heterosexist parenting norms still define our families. Essential Breakthroughs presents a path-breaking and engaging collection of essays, theoretical and personal, that invite us to think about our families beyond the binary.”
—Darren Rosenblum, Professor of Law, Pace Law School
Gary Lee Pelletier and Fiona Joy Green
What Does Gender Have to Do With It?
Joanne S. Frye
Does the Manny Mother?
Gary Lee Pelletier
“Is He the Son of No One?”:
A Son’s Relational Narrative on his Mother
Nick J. Mul.
Why Isn’t Everyone Celebrating Me?
My Mom, Bankruptcy, and My Ego
Lesbian Families, Sons, and Mothering:
Parenting Outside the Boundaries
Changing the Gender Script:
Ecuadorian Sons’ Increased Domesticity and
Emotive Response to Transnational Mothering
Ruth Trinidad Galv.n
TV’s New Dads:
Sensitive Fatherhood and the Return of
What’s So Funny about Childbirth?
The Projection of Patriarchal Masculinity in
Popular Comedic Childbirth Guides
Just Along for the Ride?
A Father-to-Be Searching for His Role
C. Wesley Buerkle
Undoing a Gay Identity through Pregnancy
The Ties that Bind Are Broken:
Trans* Breastfeeding Practices, Ungendering Body Parts,
and Unsexing Parenting Roles
Becoming Mother’s Nature:
A Queer Son’s Perspective on Mothering
in an Era of Ecological Decline