The Breastfeeding Problematic: Maternal Sexuality and The Performance of Gender

dc.contributor.advisor MacLean, Vicky en_US Carathers, JaDee Yvonne en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Eller, Jackie en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Webber, Gretchen en_US
dc.contributor.department Sociology en_US 2014-06-02T19:01:52Z 2014-06-02T19:01:52Z 2014-02-27 en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT en_US
dc.description.abstract In this work, I explore maternal sexuality by asking how women negotiate their gendered scripts as mothers and lovers while breastfeeding. I investigate this negotiation in the hopes of bringing light to the constraints on women's bodies that disallow an embodiment of maternal sexuality and deeply problematizes the experience of breastfeeding. I use a standpoint epistemology and in-depth interviews to give voice to 17 breastfeeding women exploring the ways in which breastfeeding "troubles" the performance of gender. Findings indicate a seemingly ubiquitous taboo on maternal sexuality and an ardent claim attesting to the "sacrificial" virtue of breastfeeding. Women's needs (sexual, emotional, social, and otherwise) appear to fall to the bottom of a hierarchy of commitments that place baby above all else, even to the (emotional and often sexual) detriment of husband, and decidedly overarching any individual breastfeeding woman's desires. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Breastfeeding en_US
dc.subject Gendered Scripts en_US
dc.subject Maternal Sexuality en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology en_US
dc.subject.umi Gender studies en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title The Breastfeeding Problematic: Maternal Sexuality and The Performance of Gender en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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