Book Talk: Mom Rage, with Minna Dubin
Don’t miss the third installment of our TC Fall Book Talk series examining the reproductive lifespan trajectory, featuring Minna Dubin on Mom Rage: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood (Seal Press/Hachette, September 19th, 2023). For our final conversation, we will once again bring in the framework of matrescence or the process of becoming a mother to explore Dubin’s reportage of modern motherhood and the hidden crisis of rage facing American mothers.
“Mothers aren’t supposed to be angry. Still, Minna Dubin was an angry mom: exhausted by the grueling, thankless work of full-time parenting and feeling her career slip away, she would find herself screaming at her child or exploding at her husband.
When Dubin pushed past her shame and talked with other mothers about how she was feeling, she realized that she was far from alone. Mom Rage is Dubin’s groundbreaking work of reportage about an unspoken crisis of anger sweeping the country—and the world. She finds that while a specific instance of rage might be triggered by something as simple as a child who won’t tie her shoes, the roots of the anger go far deeper, from the unequal burden of childcare shouldered by moms to the flattening of women’s identities once they have kids. Drawing on insights from moms across the spectrum of race, sexual orientation, and class, she offers practical tools to help readers disarm their rage in the moment, while never losing sight of the broader social change we need to stop raging for good.”
— publisher’s description
Minna Dubin is a writer, workshop facilitator, and occasional public artist in Berkeley, California. Her essays and reported articles on motherhood and identity have appeared in outlets like The New York Times, Salon, Parents, HuffPost, The Forward, Hobart, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the recipient of an artist enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and has been awarded writing residencies at InCahoots, WordSpace Studios, Kentucky Foundation for Women’s Hopscotch House and Lacawac Sanctuary. As a leading feminist voice on mom rage, Minna has appeared on MSNBC, Good Morning America, The Tamron Hall Show, NBC10 Boston, and NPR. Minna’s first book is MOM RAGE: The Everyday Crisis of Modern Motherhood.
Moderating discussion is Dr. Aurelia Athan, a clinical psychologist and Research Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Athan’s research interests embrace Maternal Psychology: Matrescence & Maternal Mental Health, Perinatal Risk & Resilience, and Reproductive Psychology: Reproductive Identity Formation and
Reproductive Life Planning & Decision-Making. The author of numerous articles, her Ph’D is entitled, Postpartum Flourishing: Motherhood as Opportunity for Positive Growth and Self-Development (Columbia University, 2011). Dr. Athan is the founder of the Maternal and Reproductive Psychology Lab at Teachers College.
Where: 306 Russell / Online
This book talk is co-sponsored by KHORA; the Teachers College Maternal and Reproductive Psychology Lab; and Gottesman Libraries.