Motherhood has been constructed ideologically as compulsory only for women considered ‘fit’ and women have only been judged ‘unfit’ on the basis of their social location …. The ideology of motherhood speaks not only for gender roles and behavior but ist also constructs some locations within social relations of race, class, sexuality, ability and so on as more appropriate than others”
Discuss this statement about the ideology of motherhood. Analyze how patriarchial beliefs about motherhood and beliefs rooted in other systems of domination affect women’s lives in a variety of ways. Also, discuss how women have resisted this stereotype of the ‘fit’ and ‘unfit’ mother.