This week, a lot of strange things took place on Capitol Hill. A strange, archaic way to pass bills was used to call for a motion to open debate on a bill. Various versions of “reform” were trotted out for the “Obamacare Crisis”. One version would have removed health coverage from an estimated 30 million […]Read More Let’s Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater, Okay?
Today, I’m talking about an issue that does not attract much attention even in the circles which discuss pre-natal and post-natal depression. Honestly, even in the discussion of mental illness, this topic is often left out even if it is an especially common issue. Today, I am approaching drug abuse in pregnancy and in struggles […]Read More Substance Abuse is a Feminist Issue and a Maternal Issue
We’ve talked earlier in this series about how gender norms are influenced by parents first. I took issue with the idea that we can completely insulate our kids. While it’s a great goal to always strive for equality in the household, this is pretty impossible for most people. In fact, I would say […]Read More Part Three: Society and Gender
The women’s strike was seen by many feminists to be the continuation of momentum from the very successful Women’s March. It was expected to be less successful because a lot of women can’t strike (I could be fired as a government employee). However, it did close a number of school districts (which was a BFD). I would […]Read More The invisible women of the women’s strike:
This is part one of a series on gender equality in children. It’s targeted to smashing the patriarchy but it’s not just about our daughters. It’s also, perhaps, more important to those raising strong boys. Because without men realizing that women are human beings worthy of the same rights, women don’t stand a chance. […]Read More Part Two: Gender and Family
This is part one of a series on gender equality in children. It’s targeted to smashing the patriarchy but it’s not just about our daughters. It’s also, perhaps, more important to those raising strong boys. Because without men realizing that women are human beings worthy of the same rights, women don’t stand a […]Read More Part One: Gender in the Home
Dear moms marching for life, If the March for Women was a pro-women cry for the support of women’s rights, the March for life is seen in the eyes of many as being its antithesis. I don’t know if I believe this. But I do think the constituencies that overlap here are small. Women’s rights face […]Read More An Open Letter to Moms Marching “For Life”
I was so hoping to have a son. I will fully admit that. I assumed it would just “be easier” for us. This baby was a tie breaker since my husband already has one daughter and one son. This is our one and only baby to have together because we don’t need four and I’m […]Read More Gender Disappointment? More like Gender Frustration.
The recent Cry-it-Out arguments and “Breast is Best” competitions on my facebook have devolved into commentary about how “90% of the world doesn’t see it this way”. Possibly true. But I especially love these comments from people who have never been to the developing world for more than a luxe holiday. I get that many […]Read More The Romanticism of Third World Motherhood