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The Maternal is Political

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Check out the write up of LM columnist (Zen and the Art of Child Maintanence) Shari MacDonald Strong's new anthology, The Maternal is Political in Susie Bright's Journal. Bright has an essay in the anthology and writes a brief summary of some contributors such as Marion Winik, (LM's) Ona Gritz, Mary Akers, Cindy Sheehan, and Rebecca Walker of who she says,

"I might not have jumped in to read this chapter, except that Rebecca recently made Tabloid Headlines in the Daily Mail of London. She described her mother, Alice Walker— an icon of American literature and feminism— as an incompetent, narcissistic, bitch, who abandoned her daughter for celebrity and the chance to live as a "feminist," i.e, a woman unencumbered by motherhood."

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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