Xiv – …the false either/or premise that seeks to exclude a woman from being a feminist and a mother
Xviii – The question is how to strategically negotiate between engrained codes of maternity and embrace the complexities of lived motherhood. Indeed, the dilemma becomes how to speak of the difficulties and incomparable beauties of the maternal without having those variously inflected and complex experiences turned into clichés of what enduring motherhood is supposed to be.
Xix [the aim is to] help breach previous false mutual exclusivities such as mother/feminist, female/male, weak/powerful, or dependent/independent?
Page 20 – These multiple concepts of the mother – at once thinking, political, and sensuous – may seem obvious and unnecessary to articulate. Yet it is precisely these truths that patriarchy has kept as its dangerous secret, forever trying to suppress. [referring to Riddles of the Sphinx]