Not-Mother's Day

Natural motherhood is right-wing, biotech motherhood is left-wing because it is thought of as a right and not suffered as destiny: the diatribe on this issue between radical feminism and transfeminism could be summarised in this way. It's anything but new, but it has become radicalised. Not least because the context has changed so much: a baby boom is one thing, births at an all-time low is another
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The other day to the Minister Eugenia Roccella was prevented from saying what he had to say, right or wrong, at the States General of Natality. The students who contested it were able to express their demands -a delegate of theirs took the stage, and even slipped Gaza into her speech, right or wrong - but this evidently was not enough because the minister was prevented from speaking anyway.

I may be wrong, but If I were convinced that a political opponent of mine is planning to say things that violate my freedom and self-determination, I would look forward to hearing her speak and then all the more reason to refute and/or stigmatise what she says, but these students do not think so and believe that the gag is good political practice.

Talking about birth rates and the demographic crisis is not only taboo nowadays, according to so-called antagonistic transfeminismtried it a few years ago Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin and she too was drowned out by booing. Elsewhere, things are very different: when France tackled the demographic issue with determination and with excellent demographic results, no one dreamed of challenging those policies, which even today could serve as an interesting model.

Personally When I talk about birth rates, I choose the desire of individual women as a starting point, not demographics: but I am not a minister and can decide with more freedom.

What is certain, I know no-one will challenge and gag you if as a starting point for talking about motherhood you choose to address the issue of free abortion, or if you talk about assisted reproduction techniques, of cryopreservation of oocytes, by reproductive biotech, of uterus for rent, single motherhood by choice or of motherhood of trans men who give birth with their female bodies and then ask to be registered as fathers. These are all permissible and indeed desirable ways of approaching the subject of motherhood. This is the progressive way to talk about motherhood.

But if you simply have in mind a girl who, in the middle of her childbearing years, may have a desire to become a mother without having to reduce herself in extremis, without even having to resort to 'simple' homologous fertilisation, and if you think it is right create the best social, economic and even symbolic conditions for her so that she can freely carry out her desire, possibly disillusioning her on the performance of PMA (medically assisted procreation) and practising a real risk disclosure on the subject of her and her partner's possible infertility, that is: if you try to venture a discourse on this -I speak for myself, not for the minister- then you are definitely reactionary, bigoted, frankly fascist and want to deprive women of their self-determination.

To put it crudely: theBeing a mother is in itself rather right-wing because nature with its opportunities and limitations is of the right, unless motherhood happens through a series of biotechnological vicissitudes, and then it is unquestionably left-wing because that motherhood then you really chose it, and no matter if you had to buy it on the neo-liberal market against which you say you want to fight. In the first case you are not really free because you suffer a fate, in the second case yes because you are exercising a right and today freedom is essentially this, exercising rights, even more or less invented rights such as 'parenthood'.

Rights are the unique measure of any freedom.

"Motherhood is the moment when, retracing the initial stages of life in emotional symbiosis with her child, the woman becomes disacculturated. She sees the world as a product foreign to the primary needs of existence that she relives. Motherhood is her 'journey". (Carla Lonzi, We spit on Hegel, 1970). From the same year, 1970,  The dialectic of the sexes. Male authoritarianism and late capitalist society where Shulamith Firestonepushing the theses of Simone De Beauvoir (whose Second Sex was published in 1949, in the midst of baby boom) claimed that 'pregnancy is barbaric" and that "pregnancy is the temporary deformation of the individual in the interest of the species".

Well, apparently we are still there (with one difference, if you consider it relevant: births are at yet another all-time low).


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