thoughts of an unconventional older mother
by Shirley Glubka
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ABSTRACT: The author is a lesbian poet, novelist, and essayist who chose to give up the daily parenting of her three-year-old son in 1973 and who has written about the experience over the decades. She is also a woman who reads philosophy. Now, from the perspective of her older years and in the light of philosophy, she once again considers her relationship to motherhood. This is a personal essay: descriptive, meditative, and creative.
Note: "Claiming" was first published in
Philosophy in the Contemporary World
Volume 23, Issue 1, Spring 2016
(Special issue: Mothering from the Margins)