How to Ruin Dinner
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Episode #40 - Dr. Shelly Park - Thinking Queerly - A Perspective of Mothers, Adoption, and Cultural Straitjackets

What does it mean to do something queerly? Is mothering queerly a thing? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Shelley Park, professor of philosophy and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida. Drawing from the work of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, Dr. Park helps us develop an understanding of the term “queer” and discuss some of the ways individuals can mother outside of traditional monomaternal models. We also discuss concepts within Dr. Park’s book, Mothering Queerly, Queering Motherhood.

More on Dr. Park’s work and interests can be found here:

My co-host for this episode, Danielle Ghiden, is a senior at the University of North Florida, majoring in philosophy and religious studies.

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