Moms and Sex

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At Buzzfeed, Rumpus Sunday Editor Gina Frangello writes about the complicated relationship between women, mothers, writing and sex:

I’m not really sure how our culture has arrived at the mutually exclusive relationship between Motherhood and Sexuality, especially since in most cases, women become mothers by having sex. The unspoken subtext seems to be that once a woman has children, any openness she displays about sexuality, even in a fictional realm (how does she even know about those things?) would be either a bad/dangerous influence on her children, or would be direly embarrassing to them.


Lyz's writing has been published in the New York Times Motherlode, Jezebel, Aeon, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book on midwestern churches is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. She has her MFA from Lesley and skulks about on Twitter @lyzl. Lyz is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board and a full-time staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. More from this author →