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Mediated Moms

Contemporary Challenges to the Motherhood Myth

Edited By Heather L. Hundley and Sara E. Hayden

Images of «good mothers» saturate the media, yet so too do images of mothers who do not fit this mold. Numerous scholars have addressed «bad mothers» in the media, arguing that these images are a necessary counterpoint that serves to buttress the «good mother» myth. While mediated images of women who fail to enact good motherhood may promote good mothering as an ideal, the essays in Mediated Moms: Contemporary Challenges to the Motherhood Myth, suggest that this is not all that is occurring in contemporary portrayals of maternity. The authors in this volume explore how images of mothers have expanded beyond the good/bad dichotomy, simultaneously and sometimes paradoxically serving to reinforce, fracture, and/or transcend the ideology of good motherhood.
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Mediated moms: contemporary challenges to the motherhood myth / edited by Heather L. Hundley, Sara E. Hayden. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Motherhood. 2. Social media. 3. Communication. 4. Feminism—History—21st century. I. Hundley, Heather L., editor. II. Hayden, Sara E., editor. HQ759.M435 306.874’3—dc23 2015029942 ISBN 978-1-4331-3167-7 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-3166-0 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1698-8 (e-book)

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