Hello, All! So nice to meet you and so happy to see this group! Love all you Anarcha-Mamas.
I recently turned 24, and have been of child-bearing readiness for quite a while now. I am currently TTC my first child as a sole-parent by choice. I identify very strongly as an anarchist, a feminist and a queer. I'm also polyamorous and sex-positive. I am not currently in a committed romantic relationship but am very satisfied with the fluidity and transience of my current romantic/sex life.
I am fortunate to have an amazing friend who has also become my very altruistic sperm donor (by artificial insemination). We've been talking about this for over a year and have a contract. I have community support established for my conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond. I live with nine of my closest friends in an anarchist collective and am politically active in my city. We run a fully-equipped, no-cost bike shop for young people in the community with open hours and professional mechanics out of our garage. I provide childcare to make weekly meetings family-accessible at a local (very successful) organization that fights bank evictions to keep people in their homes. I also co-ran a family program at Occupy Boston when the camp was still centralized. In lieu of that, we're now organizing a weekly story time at he radical resource center that's based in our neighborhood.
I feel lucky to have found and settled in an area that hosts an amazing radical community. We have an anarchist "free university" here. My friend and housemate is teaching a class this winter on the history of anarchism. In his syllabus he defines social anarchy as, "the desire for and movement towards the complete annihilation of states, private property and all forms of oppression and hierarchy, to be replaced by a free society of autonomous communities organized horizontally along the lines of free federation and mutual aid". This speaks strongly to my personal definition as well.
I have worked as an "alternative" childcare provider since my early high school days, promoting gentle, compassionate care and self-facilitated education for young people of compulsory school age. I'm certified as a doula. I'm currently employed helping a single mother unschool her daughter and am a very part-time phone consultant for parents who need support and/or guidance in creating compassionate environments for their children to thrive. I'm also really interested in helping families with children get connected with the radical communities in their area.
My dream is to buy woodland and settle on it off the grid in an intentional community. I feel that my greatest challenges on this journey are probably going to be financial, especially as a "single mother", so to speak. But since all of my work can be done with baby in tow, I know that we will always be okay. And I'm not counting on being single forever.
Sorry for the long introduction. But this is one of the only spaces on the mama-net where all of this seems relevant or acceptable!
<3 In Solidarity,