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?
Jane Caro has just written a rather charming article, “Over-mothered? No, over mothering” for the Sydney Morning Herald. For birthdays, I bought two packs of 12 lamington fingers and stuck a candle in each one. They served a whole class. I was very bad at any sort of preparation. I only once helped a daughter with a project – we… Read more →
I really like Feministe, I think the site produces some amazing writing, and I appreciate Mamamia for seeking to incorporate feminism in a mainstream, commercial motherhood site because that isn’t easy, but oh my god… We’re surprised, as feminists, that some of you are not more suspicious of lines of debate designed to isolate us and make us defensive.
Recently I was emailed by Proctor & Gamble wondering if I may be interested in posting something for International Women’s Day about the surveying they had just undertaken exploring “the changing face of motherhood”. Not changing quite fast enough. Here’s how they reported some of their findings to me: When it comes to helping out with childcare in the home,… Read more →
Image credit. (Some Not Suitable For Work links included in this post). Not long after her baby was born, Madison Young, an adult actor – also an artist, film director, gallery director, and activist – put on an art show titled Becoming MILF at Femina Potens, a gallery she owns specialising in queer, trans and non-gender-binary art. In the show… Read more →
Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments. More thoughts on Scripture in schools – “Ariane mentioned one of my big doubts about this whole exercise – where are the volunteers to teach ethics classes going to come from?” Stunning Example of the Neutrality… Read more →
Emma_in_oz has identified as a feminist for fifteen years. (And as an SF fan, and as a medievalist, and as a fan of crafts, and…) Emma_in_oz is a single mother by choice – Pearl is nine months old. ~~~ I have a friend who says ‘being child-unfriendly is just the same as being women-unfriendly’. I used to agree, but now… Read more →
Author: blue milk – kinda radical feminist who kinda identifies with the “suburban mum” tag these days. Not so long ago Monica Dux, in promoting the publication of jointly-authored book The Great Feminist Denial, attempted to initiate a conversation about re-branding feminism (in this opinion piece). You might recall that this didn’t end well for Dux. For many of us,… Read more →
Set some time aside to read the “How Not to Get it On” bad-dates thread on Feministe. It’s simultaneously hilarious and horrifying. Ultra Violet is a group blog by young Indian feminists. It’s smart, passionate, and information-packed. Dilnavaz Bamboat showcases what an Indian feminist looks like, Annie Zaidi takes a closer look at pink, unmana thinks the State should stay… Read more →
Dear etc, “I have contacted the IAS admin about access to this conference before, as well as about access to the Disability Inclusion seminar, and was rebuffed each time. I am contacting you again in the hope that you have had an opportunity to re-think. As a feminist blogger and someone who has worked closely with several presenters, and as… Read more →
Regular readers may have noticed that I have a tendency to start serieses that I don’t finish. Well, I’ve finally got a second installment in 52 Acts of Political Correctness. The original 52something meme is here – do feel free to join in! ~~~ The Ethics of Personal Stories Today’s thesis: just because you can see it, doesn’t mean it’s… Read more →
“Maverick Mother” is playing on SBS tomorrow, Friday February 1, at 10 pm. (on XY Doc).  “Brave stuff”. “Controversial”. ABC’s Life Matters has this to say about Janet Merewether’s autodocumentary, “Maverick Mother”. Did Merewether climb Mt Everest? Take her kids cave-diving? Trek through a war zone with a baby on her back? Refuse chemotherapy for a child with cancer?… Read more →
I’m a week late, I know, but Helen’s Mother’s Day piece got me thinking. 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… Read more →