parenting

WTF OTD: Me-me-me-ternity leave

A schmaltz-free post on mothering for Mother’s Day! Denise Huza’s response on xojane to an author interview that made a lot of women (not all of them mothers) pretty damn cranky: – “After years of mothers getting little recognition for what they do, we are finally making headway. It’s no longer a secret that mothering is hard, thankless work. Foye’s argument for “me-ternity” (a term I hope I never have to type or read again) craps on that fight.

King Lear and Family Dramas

I have a piece up at The Conversation on how King LearĀ is a great primer in common dysfunctional emotional/behavioural patterns between an ageing parent and adult children. It’s a seasonal special! King Lear and Family Gatherings There are plot summary… Read More ›

Standing Up For Leelah

[Content Note: discusses harassment, family rejection of transgender teens, suicide, trans* erasure, and silencing tactics commonly used to stifle discussion of these matters ].

I find more and more recs for articles written by Arthur Chu in my feeds lately. This post prompted by reactions to the Tumblr’d suicide note left by transgender teen Leelah Alcorn is a particularly strong piece: Cover-ups, Concern Trolls and Suicide. Chu questions why some people want others to stop sharing Leelah’s words.

All those people giving Lego the benefit of the doubt?

The news has come in that the “female scientists” Lego set, produced after a huge grassroots campaign and petition from parents who wanted more variety in female minifigs, will only exist as a limited edition set. Despite selling out almost immediately, it will not be released as a standard line.

Life at 9: discussion thread

Here we are at Life at Nine already. How quickly they grow up! The ABC’s documentary series tracking the growth and development of a sample cross-section of Australian children only appears every two years. The two episodes of this edition are designated ‘Independence’ and ‘Creativity’.