body [states of understanding]

I just listened to an interview with Jessica Crispin, author of Why I’m not a feminist on the Brian Lehrer show. To the second caller, that asked if she was a mother because to be a mother was to understand feminism in a different way, Crispin said she was offended.

In my unrelenting desperation to garner attention, I took a minute to see if it was possible to contact Crispin. Her email is posted on her website, which I took to be an invitation to write her.

I understand that she won’t respond. but I can hope.

the case I made to her was that motherhood, like ablebodiedness (or physical handicap), chronic illness (or health), skin color (at least in america), gender, or class, is a fundamental state of the body that changes the lens through which the person sees the world and is treated by the world. even in rejecting motherhood, you can’t unmake that it happened.

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