Motherhood Is a Political Category — And you’re not wrong to feel disenfranchised by it

  • May 10, 2019
  • Jessica Friedmann
  • Medium

Motherhood is a political category because it puts its workers at an automatic disadvantage, which is almost always steepest among those who are already oppressed.

This means that one-half of the workforce must be coerced into performing domestic labor in addition to waged labor and assimilating that labor as love. It is no wonder that motherhood is so pressingly marketed as feminine. It’s the feminization of any work that allows us to pay lip service to its importance and then ignore its material conditions completely.