Essentially a Mother: A Feminist Approach to the Law of Pregnancy and Motherhood (Paperback)

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Essentially a Mother argues that the law of pregnancy and motherhood has been overrun by sexist ideology. Courts have held that a pregnant woman’s nine months of gestation hardly count in her claim to parent the child she bears and that a man’s brief moment of ejaculation matters more than a woman’s labor. Armed with such dubious arguments, courts have stripped women of the right to abortion, treated surrogate mothers as mere vessels, and handed biological fathers—even those who became fathers through rape—automatic rights over women and their children. In this incisive and groundbreaking book, Jennifer Hendricks argues that feminists must overthrow the skewed value system that subordinates women, devalues caregiving, and denies too many the right to parent.

About the Author

Jennifer Hendricks is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. 

Praise For…

"Comprehensive yet concise. . . . Essentially a Mother arrives just when we need a reminder that it is time to update the values at the basis of American law and that relational feminism shows us how to do it."
— Jotwell

"Jennifer Hendricks has done us all a service by problematizing a legal framework that does not respect sexual difference between men and women. In doing so, she gives us the chance to restore both humanity and justice to our law."
— Deseret News
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520388260
ISBN-10: 0520388267
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 260
Language: English