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A Family Affair – rejecting old stories of ‘bad mothers’

10 July 2024

Netflix's new rom-com, A Family Affair, utilises the trope of a maternal protagonist and grapples with women’s desires to be “more than just a mother”.


Using A Family Affair as a case study, UC’s Dr Rachel Williamson discusses the historical quarantining of motherhood from sexuality, on The Conversation. Read the article here> Netflix’s A Family Affair tries to reject old stories of sexual women being ‘bad mothers’. Too bad it’s a terrible film (

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Rachel Williamson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

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