For the first time in the history of our nation, economics, and in some respects, the social culture of the United States dictate that most women should work outside the home for wages. This expectation collides with mainstream approval of women’s role in the home. The conflict between and among the varied roles that society expects women to play is most acute concerning parenthood. As a result, the concept of motherhood has become increasingly laden with theoretical and practical difficulties.
This Note seeks a new and more useful way to understand how and why our society has constructed motherhood as a problem. My approach takes advantage of critical theory’s aim to reconceive of rationality, autonomy, and reflection within a changing culture and society by using the tools of philosophy and the social sciences. As my goal is in part to attack the cognitive categories set in our unconscious that drive our perceptions, I explore a world that breaks down discrete and defined separations between and among people and social institutions. Both my critique and my creative project are antiessentialist.
Voting rights advocates should explore section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act as a vehicle to combat voter intimidation.
Mandatory arbitration for guestworkers, a uniquely vulnerable group, will result in class inequality and worse conditions for all workers.
DOJ guidance for mentally impaired detainees in immigration removal proceedings should be amended to provide counsel at earlier signs of incompetence.
This study uses interviews with judges to examine the role of remorse in judicial decisionmaking.