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    Goddess and Motherhood Feminist Conceptual Comparisons

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    In a paper consisting of five pages various feminist theories regarding the Goddess and motherhood are contrasted and compared with such theorists as Sarah Ruddick, Jeffner Allen, Carol Christ, and Mary Daly considered. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    Ruddick see motherhood as an empowerment of women to gain a new perspective on the theories of practicality over those of military violence and through their nurturing and training of  their children can aid in the peace making process. Other feminists however such as Jeffner Allen see motherhood as yet another example of mens oppression by restricting women to domestic  duties. The concept of the Goddess is also considered by Mary Daly and Carol Christ. Research on the concept of the Goddess has found that the Goddess is an extension  of womens inner self and is not seen necessarily as an omnipotent and suppressive being but one which advocates change, flexibility and nature.  Sarah Ruddicks work "Maternal Thinking: Towards a Politics of Peace" (1989) examines the ideas of treating mothering as a component of peace making as a result of Ruddick becoming a  mother herself. She admits that her own perspectives changed once she became a mother because she began to disapprove of the so called "rationality" behind military decisions because they were  often used to justify violence which she herself could not do from a mothers perspective (Ruddick, 1989; Rose, 2002). Since becoming a mother, Ruddick explains that her philosophical perspective  has changed into that of "practicalism" which she describes as a way of thinking that "arises from and is tested against practices" (Ruddick, 1989, p. 13). Practicalism as described by  Ruddick asserts that "there is no truth to be apprehended from a transcendental perspective, that is, from no perspective at all" (Ruddick, 1989, p. 15). In Ruddicks work she describes  peoples perspectives are derived by what they do and this is particularly obvious for motherhood. Maternal work for Ruddick involves three central activities which are "preserving the life of the 

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