Two mothers, a son, a world full of love.
No, my son doesn't have a father!
From the delivery room to the classroom, a woman whose
motherhood is questi oned explains: her son doesn't have a
father, but he's got two moms. She is the other mother.
A (m)other, but there was only room for one on the birth certificate. In the minds of some adults and kids, however, a father figure must be found.
Adapted from a 2018 CBC Poetry Prize shortlisted poem, this book tells, with tenderness and accuracy, the difficulties that
homoparental families face in being accepted for who they are: loving families.
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Neither marginal nor secret, contracting surrogate mothers is growing rapidly and is regarded as socially progressive. Yet the "process" is vitiated from the get go, i.e., commissioning a woman to bear, birth, and surrender a baby.
Surrogacy undermines a woman's human dignity. It makes her an instrument in other people's project and attacks her equal gender rights. It also objectivizes and denies the rights of the child to be born.
Countries that have adopted a fait accompli approach (simply regulating) have seen people, coached by shrewd international brokers, go "international." That only means the surrogate mother is from a poor country with lax legislation while the commissioning parents are from a rich one.
By examining the "surrogacy process" and all its implications, Maria De Koninck reaches the conclusion that the best way forward is an international ban on surrogacy.
Maria De Koninck (PhD) was Université Laval's first Chair of Women's Studies. Her research has focused on women's health, including childbirth and reproductive technologies. Her 20 years of international experience include work on HIV-AIDS in West Africa and maternal mortality (notably for WHO). She lives in Quebec City.
Arielle Aaronson is a Montreal translator with degrees from Concordia and McGill. She has translated both fiction and nonfiction for all audiences.
"A human can never be a means to an end. Surrogacy is not socially legitimate, especially considering how much women have fought for centuries-particularly since the 19th century-to be recognized as persons in their own right, capable of performing the same functions as a man and not confined to reproductive roles (childbirth, caregiving, domestic work). (...) Legalizing a practice that subjects some of them to fulfilling a reproductive role for the sole purpose of satisfying sponsors is unacceptable in this context." (p. 144)
Colby Wyatt has had a rough year. Her dad disappeared, she doesn't have a place to live, and she's addicted to meth. Thankfully, her best friend Gigi's grandma takes her in, and Colby helps out with the family business, selling stolen goods in Gram's pawnshop-stuff that Colby and Gigi along with Gigi's brother Milo steal when they break into people's houses, which Colby is pretty good at.
Now she's pregnant. Colby doesn't tell anyone who the dad is. Instead, she checks herself into rehab so she can get clean and figure out how to keep the baby. Though Colby isn't sure how to make a family, she's determined to make things work, and she's sure she can save Gigi too. But sometimes, no matter how hard you wish for something, it just doesn't come true.
The Parent Track provides an in-depth understanding of parenting in academia, from diverse perspectives-gender, age, race/ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation-and at different phases of a parent's academic career. This collection not only arrives at a comprehensive understanding of parenthood and academia; it reveals the shifting ideologies surrounding the challenges of negotiating work and family balance in this context. Earlier research on parenting has documented the ways in which women and men experience, and subsequently negotiate, their roles as parents in the context of the workplace and the home. Particular attention has been paid to the negotiation of familial and childcare responsibilities, the division of labour, the availability of family-friendly policies, social constructions of motherhood and fatherhood, power relations, and gender roles and inequality. Studies on the experience of parenthood within the context of academia, however, have lacked diversity and failed to provide qualitative accounts from scholars of all genders at varying points in their academic careers who have, or are planning to have, children. This book addresses that gap.
Family Portrait is a engaging story that shows different kinds of families, living in various circumstances. Even if they are all different, they have one thing in common: LOVE!
This story is offered with narration, and will appeal to small and bigger children! Come discover other families and introduce us to yours!
Thanks to stories that are original and full of wisdom, the Apple & Confetti collection offers books filled with discoveries! In the last pages you will find questions, bonuses, and other surprises that will put into play the child's memory, logic, and creativity. Our interactive stories, that are offered in French, English, and Spanish, are perfect for learning different languages. Let us amaze you!