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March 22, 2009

Melissa at Shakesville has a great post on why the way some young girls have reacted to the Rihanna/Chris Brown situation shouldn’t be a surprise.

Kate at Shapely Prose points out the evil in learning that body dissatisfaction increases girls’ suicide risk and jumping to the conclusion then that this is “cost of obesity” instead of a huge problem with how we treat people’s bodies.

NPR covers an appalling story of abuse of institutionalized, mentally disabled people in one Texas institution.

End Poverty 2015 has the following chat event details (visit the site for advance registration and question submission):

On March 25, 2009 at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time, Annie Raja, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, and Dr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi, the International Confederation of Midwives’ Regional Midwifery Adviser for Anglophone Africa, will share firsthand experiences from the front lines of the fight against maternal mortality, in a live chat moderated by Kimberly Seals Allers, Editorial Director of Women’s eNews’ Black Maternal Health series, which is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Seals Allers is also founder of

From the National Library of Medicine, a basic tutorial on medical terminology.

Zuska at ScienceBlogs on careers in science, women, and motherhood, with excellent commentary on why the problems women face in science are not just about their presumed reproductive potential: “The swelling chorus makes it seem almost as if the problem of women in science is a problem women carry around with them in their bodies, and inflict on science, rather than something going on outside and around and enacted upon those bodies.”

Renee at Womanist Musings and Monica of Transgriot have started a Blogtalkradio show, and the next installment is on mothering.

PhDork at the Pursuit of Harpyness is begging you women to sit on the toilet. I would add that if you can’t bring yourself to sit, please, PLEASE clean up after yourself. That includes the pee drops and/or stupid toilet paper you left all over the seat.

The New York Times has a story, A Slippery Place in the U.S. Work Force, which focuses on the economy, job market, and conditions in the town where I was raised, Morristown, TN, with a special emphasis on the immigrants who call it home.

I haven’t actually listened to it yet, but NPR on Friday had a piece on the economy and family planning.

I’m wondering how I only just stumbled across the blog with the title “Future Feminist Librarian-Activist.”

I’m psyched about Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden, but looking at the garden plan, I have to ask – where are the tomatoes? How can you have a vegetable garden without tomatoes? And with all those marigolds? According to The Swamp, there will indeed be tomatoes, and the First Lady talked to children at the groundbreaking about three sisters gardening. Relatedly, if you’re getting into gardening for the first time, check out the educational resources from your local extension office.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2009 8:31 pm

    I’m honored by the mention! I’m adding you to iGoogle and will look forward to following your rss feed ;)!

    ~Anna @ Future Feminist Librarian-Activist

  2. March 24, 2009 4:15 am

    Thanks, Rachel, for the link to Pursuit of Harpyness. Educational to read 20/30-somethings view of world and feminism. What a gap…wonder if they ever exchange with anyone over 40. I know the answer!

    For those of us raised carefully on the dangers of not sitting on public toilet seats, I was educated by the rant there. Then there was the reaction to NY Times on single sex education…more nuanced responses. All in all quite fascinating when not reifying my own stereotypes about third wave (or are they fourth) feminists.

  3. March 24, 2009 3:59 pm

    Naomi, I know I’m guilty of seeking out voices different from my own to read but neglecting to seek out older voices. I’m counting on you and others to set me straight when I go off the rails, though! 😉

    • naomidagenbloom permalink
      March 27, 2009 12:38 pm

      Rachel, I learn more about things unknown to me than you’d think…like “Tiny Cat Pants.” Whatever that really means. The blog Pursuit of Harpyness gave me an idea for something that another old lady blogger and I are talking about trying. So there!

      Condolences on your living in Tennessee. Hardly visit The Crone Speaks these days because me depressed to read about your state legislature. Of course, New York’s is profoundly stupid only more ethnically diverse.

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