As the terrible and chaotic whirlwind that is the Trump presidency continues to wreak its havoc on the United States, more and more cabinet and committee members are abandoning the sinking ship. Today, the entire White House arts committee quit. And their resignation letter is beautiful. The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities was implemented by Ronald Reagan in 1982. The PCAH is comprised of artists, architects, performers, and writers who are tasked with advising the … [Read more...] about An Entire Committee Quit Trump Today And They Left A Secret Message Behind
The neo-Nazi "alt-right" white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of many incidences in an increasingly dangerous political climate. Hate crimes are increasing; white supremacist rhetoric is blatantly embraced by the White House; the KKK is proudly marching in the streets. Whether it's out of dismissive defensiveness or misguided attempts at solidarity, white people have a history of saying the wrong thing. Here are five things not to say: 1. "Not all white people … [Read more...] about 5 Things White People Should Stop Saying In Response To Racial Violence
I want my friends to understand that "staying out of politics" or being "sick of politics" is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence. Your wealth, your race, your abilities or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide. You don't want to get political, you don't want to fight because your life and safety are not at stake. It is hard and exhausting to bring up issues … [Read more...] about To My Friends Who Are Sick Of Politics
In the aftermath of the white supremacist terrorist attack in Virginia yesterday, I'm urging my white friends to resist saying things like: "Hate has no place in America!" Or "This is not the America we know!" Or "They're just white trash!" Or "This is not us!" We watched as an alt-right neo-Nazi pride parade turned violent when a man who marched with the white supremacists plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injured many more. We acted … [Read more...] about White People: Here’s How You Can Help After The Racist Attack In Virginia
Originally published at Mothering.com A good friend of mine recently had a baby, at home; a birth which I attended as doula, along with the same midwife who attended my last birth. It was an incredible experience to witness the strength of a woman going through the intense waves of bringing a baby earthside. It was powerful, magical, breathtaking and raw. My friend worked hard, doing her best to relax and open, and finally her baby was born. And then came the initiation of … [Read more...] about This is Why I Breastfed Another Woman’s Baby
Originally published at Mothering.com World Breastfeeding Week is a yearly worldwide celebration of breastfeeding. Beginning August 1st this year, World Breastfeeding Week aims to promote education and support for breastfeeding, to help encourage more mothers to meet their goals. Why do we need to celebrate breastfeeding? And why do we need a whole week devoted to it? Here's why you should care. 1. Breastfeeding is a lost art: Breastfeeding probably wouldn't need to be promoted or … [Read more...] about It’s World Breastfeeding Week: Here’s 6 Reasons You Should Care
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Originally published at Mothering.com Approximately 40 years ago, the ~brazen~ act of feeding a child was featured on Sesame street. 1977 was clearly a different time than 2017 is, as evidenced by this video showing breastfeeding, uncovered and unashamed, on a children's program. Native Canadian musician, educator, and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie was featured on Sesame Street in the 1970s. This in itself was a powerful action, as it was -- … [Read more...] about Remember That Time Sesame Street Showed Breastfeeding?
Originally published at Mothering.com Dear Male Lifeguard, Yesterday I attended my first nurse-in, a response to an incident at a local pool where a mother was told to cover up while breastfeeding her infant. It’s unfortunate that we have to organize such events, but it was an empowering experience, and it was good to see so many breastfeeding mothers come together in solidarity. If you happened to be working at the pool yesterday, I know it must have been tough for you to witness so … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to the Lifeguard Who Complained About a Breastfeeding Mother
Originally published at Mothering.com The breastfeeding selfie: a nurturing act of empowerment, a promotion of breastfeeding, and a counterculture resistance movement which tends to elicit strong opinions. A common sentiment when breastfeeding photos are shared is, "Why would anyone share this publicly??? This is a private moment." Believe it or not, the breastfeeding selfie is not a flagrant act of narcissism. There's a positive reason behind the movement. The objection to … [Read more...] about The World Health Organization Endorses Brelfies– Breastfeeding Selfies!
Originally published at Mothering.com Go beyond the basics -- here's a list of 10 facts you may not know about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is increasingly promoted these days, as more and more evidence shows the importance of feeding babies this complete, species-specific food. We know that breast milk is full of living vitamins and minerals, but here are some things you might not know: 1. Breastfeeding can be hard. This is not always true; some women have an easy time with it. But … [Read more...] about 10 Incredible Facts You Might Not Know About Breastfeeding