Motherhood: From rights to choices

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Motherhood has been perceived as choice in the developed world after the liberalisation of abortion. However, this choice can be extremely anxiety provoking for women, especially in times when the ideology of choice dominates our lives in all possible ways. The paper shows how psychotherapy and psychoanalysis look at this anxiety, it reflects on how family relations are often the traumatic kernel behind this choice, and how the changes that women experience in today's times contribute to the increase of anxiety related to reproduction.

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Salecl, R., (2010) “Motherhood: From rights to choices”, Studies in the Maternal 2(1), p.1-14. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/sim.90

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Renata Salecl

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