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By tigtog on May 15, 2013
How did a day that grew from West Virginian Mothers’ Work Days from 1858 onwards (where mothers worked together to improve their community), and Mothers’ Friendship Days from 1865 (to promote harmony between former opponents in the Civil War), become what we celebrate now as Mother’s Day?
See the difference that apostrophe position makes?
Posted in gender & feminism, language, relationships, social justice, work and family | Tagged activism/charity, blast from the past, consumerism, motherhood, trivialisation, workers rights, working mothers | 2 Responses
By tigtog on February 13, 2012
I’m rather liking the rethink-V-day activism around this year, which has ended up being a bit more substantive than some of the Anti-Valentine hating that I’ve seen around in other years. How about doing something positive/useful/affirming instead? Create rather than consume, or raise awareness about the limited ways we think about romance.
By blue milk on December 23, 2011
Because The Mountain Goats do anti-LEGO sexism rants on twitter: Dear Legos dudes, the regular Legos are cool for girls you don’t have to condescend to the awesome little girls of this world #liberateLEGOs when you’re a new dad & you see toymakers trying to poison kids’ minds with bullshit gender-binary crap it makes you [...]
By tigtog on December 2, 2011
Chinese men spend more on fashion clothing than women. More than twice as much ($1.1 billion to $439 million).
By tigtog on November 28, 2011
[t]he media images and fashion icons that we aspire to emulate are constructions. Like billboard signs and magazine editorials, the pictures are manipulations that distort our sense of normal bodies.
By Beppie on November 16, 2011
I think that most of us here probably waste far more than we need to (I certainly do), but at the same time, most of us probably have our own little small personal economies to reduce waste, and it strikes me that sharing these with each other could be useful.
By tigtog on October 12, 2011
After many years of receiving only one or two such enquiries per year, all of a sudden we’re getting two or three a week.
By tigtog on October 6, 2011
Final 2005 Words To The World…sounding hugely relevant right now.
TW for rape analogy
By tigtog on July 8, 2011
UK Sunday tabloid News of the World is shutting down after the latest phone-hacking revelations.
By Mindy on May 9, 2011
This is a real six year old. Needless to say most six year olds don’t look like this. More on this from Pavlov’s Cat here and here. I just don’t get it. Related posts: Quick Hit: Silencing Tactics Quick Hit – Grown men spitting at 8 yr old girl Big Brother Friday: Noirin sets her [...]
By blue milk on April 14, 2011
Clothing company J. Crew are apparently part of some kind of diabolical plot to pussify boys, as evidenced by this advertisement showing a mother (who also happens to be the president and creative director of the company, so there’s all the proof that I need for a conspiracy), painting her son’s toenails pink. I can [...]
By blue milk on March 21, 2011
It took becoming a mother of a son for me to realise just how fearful the world is of losing masculinity. I mean, god knows there are lots of rules about gender binary and how girls and women perform femininity, too, but I don’t think we’re as frightened of femininity being corrupted and lost as we are of masculinity being diluted.
By tigtog on March 18, 2011
He looks intense, even by normal Bale standards.
By Mindy on February 9, 2011
Just when you thought it was Ladies of Leisure being at fault now it’s working mothers making their children fat.