Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Feminist Mom Recommends

Here are some of my recent finds. I hope you enjoy them...


Books

Without a Net, edited by Michelle Tea

Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Run the World

by Marie C. Wilson


Music

Vetiver, "To Find Me Gone"

Bettye Lavette "I've Got My Own Hell to Raise"

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International Museum of Women

The International Museum of Women is requesting participation in an online survey regarding their electronic program, Imagining Ourselves.

Let them know how Imagining Ourselves has affected your life by filling in our online survey. They are offering a one-year free eMembership to the International Museum of Women to all those who complete the survey.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bay Area Needs a Mothers Outlaws Group

It appears as though Toronto is the place to be for feminist moms. Not only is Toronto the host of the only research center dedicated to the study of feminist mothering, the Association for Research on Mothering, but it also has an active feminist mothers group, Mother Outlaws.


I have been in awe of what the Mother Outlaws are doing. These women get together to discuss raising children according to their feminist principles and give each other advice and politicial inspiration. We need this in the Bay Area!! Email me if you would like to start a Mother Outlaws group in the bay area: feministmother@gmail.com


If you are lucky enough to live in the Toronto area, here are the details about their group:


MOTHER OUTLAWS

"Mother Outlaws recognize that mothers and children benefit when the mother lives her life, and practices mothering, from a position of agency, authority, authenticity and autonomy"
Mother Outlaws are community gatherings in the Toronto area for women interested in: Discussing current motherhood issues from a feminist perspective - Sharing the links between their own mothering practices and social change

The gatherings occur at members’ homes in the Toronto area for a potluck dinner and informal discussion on a specific topic or at scheduled special events.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7-10pm

Real Options (Part 2): Mothering and the Politics of Choice We are currently witnessing an interesting new way of speaking about " choice" for women, their families and their children. At increasing levels, stories in the mainstream media focus on mothers choosing to "opt-out" of participation in the workplace and present work/family issues in an "either/or" way. The way "choice"is often used in such debates often has the effect of reducing the number of available options. In addition, if the real constraints on women’s choices are ignored, then the effect is to individualize problems and to erase or minimize social responsibilities. Of course, there are alternatives to seeing mothers outside of the media fuelled "mommy wars". This meeting will allow women to share their own "real "stories on the choices, decisions, and negotiations they have made as mothers seeking work/family balance. Stories that go unreported if unspoken.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact: Linn Baran, Mother Outlaws Co-ordinator, linnbaran@sympatico.ca

Association for Research on Mothering 726 Atkinson, York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 Phone: (416) 736-2100 x60366 FAX: (416) 736-5766 Email: arm@yorku.ca

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

San Francisco NOW Celebrates Summer Solstice

Today is the first day of summer, also known as summer solstice. In order to celebrate, the newly revamped San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is holding a party. Join the celebration from 6PM-9PM at Le Colonial (20 Cosmo Place--off Taylor, between Post & Sutter, near Union Square), for an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres, jazz, and feminist fellowship.

Their website is still being renovated, but a few details are available here.


Oh, and children are welcome to this event :)

Monday, June 19, 2006

NWSA & Empowered Mothering


What a wonderful conference the National Women's Studies Association held this past weekend! There were ten different feminist mothering sessions and an amazing plenary session on feminist mothering/empowered mothering given by York University professor Andrea O'Reilly (pictured on the right). O'Reilly has a new book out, entitled Rocking the Cradle. After her talk, I immediately went to her organizations booth to purchase her book. Although I am only two chapters into her book, she offers insight on feminist mothering I have never read anywhere else. I couldn't recommend her book more.

While so many things stood out for me at this conference, two will definitely be with me for some time. First, Judith Stadtman Tucker of the Mothers Movement Online have a talk in which she outlined many of the aims of the emerging mothers movement. I particularly liked what she said about many women of my generation (late twenties, early thirties) are joining the mothers movement because we were so shocked to see a lack of support for mothers once we had children. Once we embarked upon our own motherhood journey, we realized what little support there is for mothers in the workplace or in our society in general.

The second most memorable moment for me came from Andrea O'Reilly, of course. At the end of her talk, she said that we can learn a great deal about feminist mothering by listening to the instructions given on a plane before it takes off. The flight attendants give everyone federally mandated instructions in case there is a crash. When the oxygen masks come down, they say, be sure to secure your own mask before securing those of your child. This makes sense because you cannot take care of your child unless you are getting a decent amount of oxygen. O'Reilly said the same can be said for motherhood. Mothers need to take care of themselves before they can take care of their children. If they do, there children will be much better off. What a wonderful real world example to explain the benefits of feminist mothering!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Centre for the Research on Mothering

I am excited to report many wonderful things happening with the Centre for the Research on Mothering. The Centre is at the forefront of feminist motherhood, and its director has really put mothering on the map as warranting actual scholarship and academic research.

First up, the Director of the Centre, Andrea O'Reilly, will be speaking at the National Women's Studies Association's annual meeting this Friday in Oakland.

The Centre also has a call for papers for their Journal, The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering. They are looking for book reviews, artwork, poetry, etc. More information can be found here.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Thank you Troll Baby Graphics!



A big thank you to Karen from Troll Baby Graphics! She redesigned my blog and made it nice and pretty. If you're thinking of redesigning your blog, send her an email: trollbabygraphics@gmail.com.


She's the best!!!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

California Democratic Primary: Full List of Endorsements

Governor--Phil Angelides

Lieutenant Governor--Jackie Speier

Secretary of State--Debra Bowen

U.S. Senate--Dianne Feinstein


Proposition 81 (bond measure to improve libraries)--Yes

Proposition 82 (preschool for all)--Yes, Yes, Yes!!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Democratic Primary in California Tomorrow!

As a political junkie, I have to say I am so disappointed with our options in the California Democratic Primary tomorrow. The only candidate I am excited to vote for is Jackie Speier, who is running for Lieutenant Governor. Jackie Speier has been a leader in family & women's rights for decades and I am thrilled she is running for second in command for our state. You can read her platform on women's issues here. She is endorsed by all the heavy hitters in democratic/feminist politics, including: Gloria Steinem, California NOW, National Women's Political Committee (NWPC), the Feminist Majority, Women's Political Commitee, and Democratic Action Women's Network.

When it comes to the big ticket, the Democratic candidates for Governor, I have been completely disgusted by this campaign. Not only is there no quality candidate on the ballot, but the two men who are running, Steve Westly and Phil Angelides, have run such smear campaigns that no matter which one wins, they will both be so tainted by their nasty campaigning neither one could stand a chance against Governor Schwartzenegger (can you believe that he is actually runs our state?!) in the November general election. What a shame.

This was a golden opporutunity for Democrats. With President Bush's approval ratings at an all time low and Schwartzenegger's below 50%, they should have banded together to do whatever it takes to vote Republicans out of office. Clearly that will not happen and I hope this is not foreshadowing of what will happen to the Democratic Party in the November midterm elections. Hopefully congressional Democrats will run better campaigns than have been run by the Democratic candidates for Governor.

Friday, June 02, 2006

MojoMom Blog: TV Show Lost Like Raising Children

MojoMom: Locke and Eko: The ultimate Stay-At-Home Dads?

If you're a Lost fan (c'mon, who isn't?!) then check out this hilarious post about how Locke & Eko on the show have island jobs similar to taking care of a baby. The hatch is basically their baby and it has to be tended to every 108 minutes. It's a thankless job but one the island depends on without anyone realizing it or appreciating it. Sound familiar?

Newsweek Retracts Marriage Story

In an interesting turn of events, Newsweek has taken back a story published twenty years ago that stated women over forty are more likely to get killed by a terrorist than get married. It's great to see this from one of the many major magazines partial to declaring us in a "post-feminist" era. Although they are only declaring what we knew all along to be true, it's still nice to hear them take it back.