Contemporary Challenges to the Motherhood Myth
Beth L. Boser is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Her scholarship focuses primarily on political rhetoric and rhetorics of reproduction, birth, and motherhood. Currently, she is focused on discourses of mental health and medicine within these contexts. She earned a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2013. Her dissertation, titled Miracles of Birth and Action: Natality and the Rhetoric of Birth Advocacy, explores the complexities of women’s agency in contexts of childbirth through analyses of historical case studies. Her work also appears in Rhetoric & Public Affairs.
Carolyn Bronstein, Ph.D. is a Professor of Communication in the College of Communication at DePaul University. She is the author of Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976–1986 (Cambridge University Press, 2011), for which she received the 2012 Emily Toth Award for the Best Single Work in Women’s Studies, given by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Her scholarship on gender and media representation, social responsibility, and contemporary feminism has been published in a wide range of media, history and communication journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Women’s History, Feminist Media Studies, the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and Camera Obscura. Her popular writing on feminism has appeared in The Atlantic. She is currently coediting a collection of essays that analyzes the impact of pornography on American culture and politics in the 1970s.
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