Archive for November, 2009

Reproductive Rights

My journey through the nineteenth century has led me to reflect on Whitman’s view of motherhood and a woman’s right to parenthood.  The nineteenth century woman’s movement  advocated for “voluntary motherhood” which would allow a woman the decision to become a mother.  Although morally opposed to contraception, feminists in the nineteenth century believed in a […]

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Whitman, Motherhood, and Tight-Lacing

Whitman’s admiration for mothers was inspired by the love that he had for his own mother.  This loves manifests itself in Whitman’s poetry especially in “As at thy Portals Also Death” in which Whitman seeks to immortalize himself and his mother through poetry. “As at Thy Portals Also Death” As at thy portals also death, […]

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