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Motherhood Is a Political Category

And you’re not wrong to feel disenfranchised by it

Photo: William F. Campbell/Getty Images

TThere’s a word I love, “matrescence,” which describes the psychological process of becoming a mother. Psychologist Aurélie Athan brought it into the mainstream after discovering anthropologist Dana Raphael’s work; both women had seen the need for research about a mother’s interior state when functioning as a person…

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Jessica Friedmann

Jessica Friedmann

Jessica Friedmann is the author of THINGS THAT HELPED: ON POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (FSG). She lives in rural NSW with her husband, son, and big sooky dog.