BabiesFeminism

Lactivist or Feminist: Pick One

We need to stop telling women what to do with their bodies. Period. This includes how they choose to feed their babies. They are experts in their own lives. We do not know more about what’s best for them and their babies than they do. We simply don’t. And it’s not feminist …

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Dads Cooking? That’s Unpossible!!!

So yesterday, the fifth of November (remember…remember…) was evidently one of those new completely made up ” National Days” that you can just go and register at National Day Calendar, who will send you T-shirts and a press release and everything to create your very own holiday! Like National Nachos Day on …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Ages 6-9FeminismMedia & Technology

Get Your Cape On!

Remember back in April when I shared my mixed excitement and trepidation about the DC SuperHero Girls announcement? Well, the franchise debuted at New York Comic Con this week and last month I had the absolutely incredible opportunity to actually sit down with 5 other feminist/blogger/moms and representatives from Mattel …

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ActivismFeminismFertilityHealthPoliticsPregnancy & ChildbirthSex and Sexuality

How Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

I have been having sex (both consensual and non-consensual, and with some significant hiatuses) since I was 12 years old. I am now 45. In all that time, I have never had an unplanned pregnancy. I have never had an abortion. What I did have (and might still have) was …

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Feminist in a Metal Bikini

A few weeks ago, I was browsing my Facebook feed and came across this blog post. TL;DR: Mom and daughter see an action figure of Leia dressed in a metal bikini in the toy aisle. Mom deflects questions from her young child about it, having never seen the film. She writes …

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BabiesFeminismLanguage

Hands Off My Boobs – the Economics of Breast Milk vs Breastfeeding

Earlier this week, Mary wrote a post about the inherent fallacy of the argument that “breast milk is free”. I agree with everything that Mary said up to a point. That point being that I don’t think she went far enough and frankly, I think she was too nice to …

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BabiesFeminism

Breast Milk is Not Free, so Stop Saying It Is

I have heard this refrain a lot lately: “I breastfeed my baby because breast milk is free!” And while I understand what the person is trying to say, that they think breast milk costs less than formula, it’s wrong to say that breast milk is free. Before I get started, …

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ActivismFeminismIdentityLGBTQ

From Toys to Toilets

As reported here over the weekend, Target has announced that it will remove signage and other culturally enforced color designations in its stores over the next several weeks, presumably in time for a holiday shopping season that will see Lego Friends and Elves moved to the building set aisle where …

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EducationFeminism

The Perennial Problem of Gendered Dress Codes

Recently I was chatting about dress codes with a friend whose husband is a high school principal. They were lamenting that he had been caught in the crossfire between (a) being required to write a dress code and (b) resentment that the resulting dress code treats male and female gendered …

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Ages 6-9Feminism

F*ck “Be a Lady” Tonight

The other day, when I arrived to pick up my daughter from summer camp, the Camp Director called me over with hushed tones. Her: I need to talk with you about K. She had trouble keeping her hands to herself today. Me: What happened? Her: She touched a boy in his …

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