Unsex Mothering: Online Colloquium

 For those who missed our conference on February 13th, please see the live blog and a video of the conference.

On Monday, February 13, 2012, the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender hosted a conference at Harvard Law School featuring Darren Rosenblum’s article Unsex Mothering: Toward a New Culture of Parenting, published in the journal’s Winter 2012 edition. The author discussed his piece, with responses from Professor Duncan Kennedy (HLS), Professor Mary Anne Case (U. Chicago), Professor Elizabeth Emens (Columbia), Professor Suzanne Kim (Rutgers), and Katherine Kraschel (HLS ’12).

The journal also solicited written responses from twenty scholars in the field for an online colloquium. These responses are linked below. To read Unsex Mothering, please click here.

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Kimberly Mutcherson

  Unsexing Care: Beyond Gendered Parenting Terms A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Kimberly Mutcherson[1] One thing that can be expected from a formerly pregnant man is interesting commentary about the parenting experience that follows that pregnancy.  Professor Rosenblum’s piece, Unsex Mothering: Toward a New Culture of Parenting,[2] […]

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Elizabeth M. Schneider

  The Conundrums of Unsexing Parenting A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Elizabeth M. Schneider[1] Darren Rosenblum’s interesting and provocative article, Unsexing Mothering: Toward A New Culture of Parenting,[2] raised many issues for me, personally and intellectually.  As a long-time feminist legal activist and biological mother who has […]

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Beth Jones

  Un-Sexing Single Mother Parenting of Boys A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Beth Jones Rosenblum’s article, Unsex Mothering,[1] applies in some ways to every different type of parenting.  As a single mother of twin eleven-year-old boys, I personally relate most to the portions regarding single parents and non-traditional parenting.  When […]

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Theodore Andrew Myhre

  Meaning Matters: Hypersex Parenting A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Theodore Andrew Myhre[1] Darren Rosenblum wants to change the world of parenting, and he wants to use law to do it.[2]  His comparative project explores how legal regimes governing mothering should attempt to “unsex” their statutory language […]

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Julie Shapiro

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Sexed Parentage A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Julie Shapiro[1] Unsex Mothering is both provocative and persuasive.[2]  As Professor Darren Rosenblum contends, mothering should be unsexed.  That said, I think that Rosenblum’s initial discussion about the role of biology in defining motherhood[3] (and by […]

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Mary Whisner

Unsex Mothering? Or Change Parenting? A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Mary Whisner[1] This weekend I attended a memorial on Saturday and read Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering[2] on Sunday.  The juxtaposition was interesting because the 93-year-old emeritus law professor memorialized, Professor Emeritus Robert L. Fletcher,[3] had defied 1950s […]

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Unsex Mothering Responses: Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol

Revisiting Mothering? – A Mother’s Thoughts A Response to Darren Rosenblum’s Unsex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol[1] I came to motherhood (“am2”?)[2] late in life.  Mothering is the most complex, difficult, challenging work in which I have ever engaged.  It also is the most rewarding, exciting, frightening, all consuming work […]

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