Blog Post List
August 25, 2011
When I first got involved in blogging in the Spring of 2008 (coming up on 3 years), I started looking for other attachment parenting and feminist mothering blogs. The first feminist mothering blog that I came across and one that still holds a prominent place in my RSS reader today is blue milk . When I first discovered her blog, I found a post from 2007 called “ What does a feminist mother look like ” that included 10 questions for feminist mothers to think about and hopefully blog their answers to. I wrote my answers on feminist mothering here (way back in the day when no one commented on my...
August 3, 2011
Breastfeeding is the best thing for baby and mom. Everybody knows it. So why are so many people, from health professionals, to friends, to mothers-in-law, to husbands, intent on making the mother feel inadequate and getting her to quit breastfeeding? I have to think that many of them are not doing it on purpose. That they are misinformed and uneducated about the benefits of breastfeeding , about how milk supply works , and about the normal course of breastfeeding . If you want to support a woman that is breastfeeding, maybe your spouse, your sister, your friend, your daughter, your daughter-...
March 3, 2010
I am a mother. I am a feminist. Despite not currently being enrolled at a university, I consider myself an academic and a researcher. I love the Association for Research on Mothering . I love what it stands for. I love its books. I love its journal. I love the fact that it brings thought leadership to the important role that mothers play in society. Today, I learned that it is closing next month. York University, where it is located, is continuing to refuse to provide any base funding to the association and no one else is stepping up to provide it a home either. You can read the details in a...
November 4, 2009
As a blogger on Moms Rising , I feel it is important to raise awareness about issues of importance to women and mothers and to ensure that our voices are heard. Although this one doesn't affect me specifically as a Canadian, I know many of my readers are Americans. Please watch this video and raise your voice on this issue. We need to be heard. Go and check out www.beingawomanisnotapreexistingcondition.com. Cross-posted on PhD in Parenting .
September 11, 2009
When people think of breastfeeding difficulties, the things that probably come to mind are supply issues, bad latch, cracked nipples, constant feedings, and the like. Certainly, there are women who are afflicted by those difficulties and who cannot overcome them. But I believe the societal barriers to breastfeeding (propagated by the kyriarchy) have a much more significant impact on breastfeeding rates than the medical or technical issues.
May 21, 2009
Cross posted on PhD in Parenting . On May 17, I participated in the Fem 2.0 chat on twitter . The topic of discussion was mommies and feminism. We talked about a lot of things, but one thing I said towards the end of the chat seemed to resonate with a lot of people. I also think it is an important point, so I thought I’d turn it into a post and explain more than I could in the 140 character limit. Here is what I said : I think we need a society that values parenthood, not just motherhood. Otherwise it will always be about making concessions for women. I find that a lot of the focus in the...