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Michelle Téllez: Personal is Political: Chicana Motherwork - The Feminist Wire

18.7.17

Personal is Political: Chicana Motherwork - The Feminist Wire: Moreover, while Chicana motherwork requires an adaptation of cultural practices, tools, and exposure, it also means reinterpreting motherhood. My mother was taught to sacrifice herself for her familia, a role she readily embraced as she gave everything to her family of origin and to the one she created. I think her commitment was admirable and that her strength was invincible. But at what cost does this selflessness come? My mother did little to care for her own emotional well-being. The reality is that in the process of giving it all to the familia, she never gave enough to herself. After my father died and we became adults, this became overwhelmingly visible. As a Chicana single mother, I refuse to believe that motherhood implies a relinquishment of self. Instead, I argue that motherhood implies the creation of a greater self that is in constant regeneration. In order to sobrevivir (survive), the labor of mothering involves constant negotiations within families and communities, fully thinking through the politics of accountability and belonging.


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