MOTHERING, SEX AND SEXUALITY

Date : March 3-4, 2001

Date : 152 Founders College, York University

Programme

Saturday March 3

8:00-9:00am Coffee, Registration and Welcome
9:00-10:30am Opening keynote speakers

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Anne Semans and Cathy Winks “Learning from the Mother’s Guide to Sex”
(Co-authors of The Mother’s Guide to Sex: Enjoying Your Sexuality Through All Stages of Motherhood)

10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-12:00pm Session 1

CHILDBIRTH AND PREGNANCY

Batya Weinbaum (Cleveland State University) “Birthing With a Mayan Midwife”
Gail Lindsay (York University) “Babies Will Die: Reconstructing Maternal Experiences”

12:00-1:00pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00pm Session 2

BREASTFEEDING

Fiona Giles (Sydney University, Australia) “Lactation Erotics and Regulating the Mother-Child Intimacy Taboo”
Penny Van Esterik (York University) “Anthropological Perspectives on Breastfeeding and Sexuality: or “why there are no black lace nursing bras”
Geraldine MacDonald (University of Toronto) “Breastfeeding and the Family Bed”
Elena Hannah (Memorial University) “Sex and the Breast”

3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-5:45pm Session 3

BEING MATERNAL/BEING SEXUAL

Rachel Hall (SUNY-Geneseo) “The Work-out Mom: Toning and Atoning”
Susan Driver (York University) “Performative popular cultural productions and consumptions of ‘sexy mamas’”
Erika Pluhar (University of Pennsylvania) “Sexuality Communication In The Family: A Qualitative Study Of African American Mothers And Their Adolescent Daughters”
Caroline Woidat (SUNY-Geneseo) “Gospels of Femininity: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Garden in the Dunes”
Frances Talarico and Elana Hannah (Memorial University) “The Cult Of Virginity In A Canadian-Italian Subculture: How Mothers Convey The Message To Their Daughters”

6:00-9:30pm Reception, Creative Evening and Silent Auction (305 Founders College)

Readings: Margaret Christakos, Licia Canton, Batya Weinbaum, Caroline Woidat, Brenda Clews, Caitlin Fisher, Rishma Dunlop
Performance Piece: “Sex-Talkin’ Mama” by Faulkner Fox (Austin, Texas performance poet)

Sunday March 4

9:30-10:00am Coffee
10:00-11:30am Session 4

TRANSGRESSIVE MATERNITIES/SEXUALITIES

Petra Bueskens (University of Melbourne, Australia) “Resexualization of Mothers Who Leave”
Sharon Armstrong (York University) “Women in Transition: Leaving Heterosexuality at Mid-life”
Carolyn Rowe (Carleton University) “Outside the Law or Legal Outsiders: Lesbian Identity, Motherhood and Child Custody in Canada”
Tracy Kennedy (York University) “’Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall…’ Looking at Mothering and Bisexuality”

11:30-11:45am Break
11:45-1:30pm Session 5

MOTHER/LOVER

Pamela Courtenay-Hall (University of British Columbia) “Naming/Claiming the Tender Erotic: Denial and Celebration of the Erotic in Mother-Child Experiences”
Chris Klassen (York University) “My Mother, My Lover: How Goddess Imagery Can Disrupt Conventional Sexuality”
Ginette Lafreniere (McGill University) “On Becoming a Sexual Camel”
Margaret Christakos (Toronto writer) “Shuddering at the Thought: Erotic Shi(f)ts in the Mother’s Narratives of the Self”
Ariel Gore (Oregon, founder of Hip Mama magazine) “Sex and the Hip Mama”

1:30-2:30pm Lunch (on your own)

2:30-4:30pm Session 6

‘GOOD’ MOTHERS/’BAD’ MOTHERS: CHALLENGES AND CONTESTATIONS

Dannabang Kuwabong (University of Puerto Rico) “”Una Nacion No Sera Conquistada Hasta Que Los Corazonesde Sus Mujeres Caigan A La Tierrea”: The Whore/Madonna Dichotomy in Monique Mojica’s Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots”
Elaine Cleeton (SUNY-Geneseo) “Single Pregnant, Urban, Minority Women and the ‘Good Mother'”
Faulkner Fox (Austin, Texas writer) “Monogamy and Motherhood: What’s the Connection?”
Brooke Orr (George Washington University) “Mary Elizabeth Lease, Politicized Motherhood, and Images of Female Sexuality in Gilded-Age America”