Monthly Archives: January 2009

What Does a Feminist Mother Look Like? Part 2

Continuing the series in which I answer the questions posted at Blue Milk (sadly interrupted by my technical difficulties). Today is Part 2.  You can see Part 1 here. 5. Do you ever feel compromised as a feminist mother? Do you ever feel you’ve failed as a feminist mother? I don’t think so. I wish that my children had seen me out in the world ...

Read More »

What Does a Feminist Mother Look Like? Part 1

Tooling around the world of feminist mother blogs, I came upon this post at Blue Milk asking feminist mothers to answer ten questions.  I hope she will forgive my coming late to the response dance but I am a newbie playing catch-up.  Some of the questions have several parts so there are actually way more than ten questions. I will give my ...

Read More »

I Still Can’t Be President

Tomorrow I will watch the U.S. presidential inauguration with my children and I will weep.  I will tell them that we are watching history, glorious history, something I never thought I would see in my lifetime.  I, like many people my age in the U.S., never thought I would live to see an African-American president. I grew up in a ...

Read More »

Oh Where Oh Where is the Breastfeeding Promotion Act?

The presidential inauguration is only a few days away.  All of us have our list of priorities for the new administration.  Given the state of the economy and our war in Iraq (and on and on), I don’t hold out much hope that breastfeeding will get much Congressional attention early on.  Last year (and much of the year before) political ...

Read More »

At Last – Massachusetts Gets a Public Breastfeeding Law

After years of lobbying and failed legislative bills, Massachusetts breastfeeding advocates have at long last succeeded in getting a law passed to protect breastfeeding in public.  Yay and congratulations to all the people who have worked so hard and for so long!  I am particularly pleased to see that that the new law, which goes into effect in April of ...

Read More »

Bringing Baby to Work: Maternity Leave Alternative?

Most mothers either want or need to both mother their children and work for a wage. It always surprises me that some find that a controversial statement. It is pretty hard (though some try) to dispute the economic necessity of waged labor for mothers in the U.S. (where I live) today.  I won’t go down the “but what if she ...

Read More »

It is All About Areola

At this point I didn’t have more to say about Facebook removing breastfeeding photos but I was struck by the latest final word from Facebook: “We’ve made a visible areola the determining factor,” said Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, who stressed that the company supports breast-feeding. “It is a common standard.” For real?  Visible areola?  I will admit I am no ...

Read More »

What is Sustainable Mothering?

Sustainable Mothering is a blog, an idea, a goal, a journey. We will discuss and examine how the many acts of mothering must be supported and embraced by culture and society. It is not about mothers condemning each other. It is about freedom and educated choice – true choice which only exists in an environment with options. When I became a mother ...

Read More »

The Facebook Fracas – Now What?

This week the press and the mothering blogosphere have been filled with talk of Facebook.  If you need to catch up, see this blog entry at PhDinParenting.  If you want to hear some good old fashioned outrage, check out this podcast of Fox Across America which aired on 12/26 and includes an interview with me about 25 minutes in. The short version is ...

Read More »