“The radical potential of the word, “Mother”, comes after the “M”. It is the space that other takes up in our mouths when we say it. We are something else. We know it from how fearfully institutions wield social norms and try to shut us down.
We know it from how we are transforming the planet with our every messy step, toward making life possible. Mamas who unlearned domination by refusing to dominate their children. Extended family and friends. Community care givers. Radical childcare collectives.
All of us, breaking cycles of abuse, by deciding what we want to replicate from the past, and what we urgently need to transform. We are “M-othering”, mothering ourselves.”
These are the words of Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, a black lesbian mother and feminist scholar living in Durham, North Carolina. In this video she leads a panel of non-traditional mothers, some of who are queer, in a conversation about a book she co-edited “Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines“. Check out the discussion below: