By Lynn O'Brien Hallstein
The necessities of “good” motherhood used to essentially contain the care of youngsters, yet now modern moms also are confused to develop into bikini-ready instantly postpartum. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein analyzes megastar mother profiles to figure out a number of the ways in which they inspire all moms to have interaction in physique paintings because the energizing way to resolve any work-life stability struggles they could adventure. Bikini-Ready mothers additionally considers the ways in which maternal physique paintings erases any facts of moms’ contributions either at domestic and in specialist contexts. Hallstein theorizes attainable how one can gasoline an important moms’ revolution, whereas additionally pointing to preliminary techniques of resistance.
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In fact, Nelson documents how a fear of downward mobility can drive professional parents into “out of control” child surveillance and micro-management3 to ensure the children have every opportunity to still “get ahead” or maintain their class position. Similarly, Annette Lareau argues that economically privileged mothers respond to this anxiety by taking an intensive “managerial approach” to mothering to ensure a successful future for their children. The managerial approach is time-intensive and requires ﬁnding, securing, scheduling, and shuttling children to the appropriate classes, activities, and/or extra support that experts now deem as necessary for developing healthy children and, equally important, ensuring children’s class and economic success.
Qualities of everyday experience” (40–41). Recently, much discussion has emerged in the popular press in the United States about motherhood and having it all, and this discussion reveals just how much post-second wave neoliberal choice, individualism, and personal responsibility are currently common sense and embedded in contemporary American culture and conversations about contemporary motherhood at the intersection of the post-second wave and neoliberal turns. CONTEMPORARY MOTHERHOOD 39 A June 12, 2012, New York Times article, “Motherhood Still a Cause for Pay Inequity,” by Edruado Porter, for example, implicitly addresses the post-second wave crisis women face and the ways that individual responsibility and choice are tangled up with contemporary motherhood.
As such, the new momism now suggests that the solution to mothers’ post-second wave crisis in femininity is to engage in more and faster body work to erase any visible signs of maternity on the postpartum body, while also entangling the neoliberal solution of body work with a hegemonic neotraditional family formation that also denies the difference maternity continues to make in women’s lives today. In chapter 4, “Consequences, Rules, and Conclusions about Bikini-Ready Moms,” I argue that, when the analyses in chapter 2 and chapter 3 are combined, important new consequences and rules emerge for both the new proﬁles and new momism, which have notable implications for future scholarship.