"But what then is 'the maternal'? "

"Is it a physical thing? "

"Is it the ability of some bodies to carry life and give birth? "

"Is it a concept connecting various notions to each other? "

"Is it a metaphor for something else? " 

"For me the maternal includes all of these, but perhaps most of all it functions as a system of seeing, thinking and relating to the world. A system which completely breaks away from  the binaries of the feminine / masculine oppositions through the maternal body's pivotal role to natality and otherness."  


-Deirdre M. Donoghue and Paula Mc Closkey in conversation, June 2013. 


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