In the early 21st century, Dr. Andrea O'Reilly began writing, editing, publishing, and organizing around the study of mothering and brought it forward as a new academic discipline. The subject, as old as humans ourselves, evokes controversy in academia, including within women's studies. Among the specific topics are men's mothering and radical motherhood movements. O'Reilly is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at York University, founder of MIRCI (the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement), of Demeter Press, and of the feminist mothers group Mother Outlaws.
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