the advantage

“The advantage of motherhood for a woman artist is that it puts her in immediate and inescapable contact with the sources of life, death, beauty, growth, corruption...it constitutes an adventure which cannot be duplicated by any other...If the woman artist has been trained to think that the activities of motherhood are trivial and irrelevant to literature, she should untrain herself. The training is misogynist, it protects and perpetuates systems of thought and feeling which prefer violence and death to love and birth, and it is a lie."
- alicia ostriker


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