Yesterday, I Had a Wife. Today, I'M the Wife....
Here’s what happened on the day when She who was working partly outside the home and He who was working solely from home swapped roles. I wake up to the sound of two babies crying. I’m groggy, but semi-elated. Today, I’m leaving the babycave for a lunch with my former editor from Palgrave Macmillan, currently an editor at FSG. She’s become a friend—we had our babies around the same...
NICE WORK: A Strange Stirring by Stephanie Coontz →
This week, Girlw/Pen writers are posting on Stephanie Coontz‘s new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s, which is a…
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Peggy Orenstein's new... →
Myla Goldberg’s generally positive (though veering on lukewarm) review, which concludes with an interesting question for the writers among us: According to Orenstein, her daughter’s own princess fixation started when she was around 3 and faded out about a year later. One of Cinderella’s many clever factoids is that the childhood phases we now take for granted—toddler,...
Got a bully? Blame Dad. | Strollerderby →
Daddy Dialectic: Parenting While Male: 74 Fathers... →
BBC News - Theresa May slaps down 'feminist... →
Score one for Theresa May.
BEDSIDE MANNERS: Peeing When You Laugh is Not... →
Posted by Adina Nack at Girl w/Pen I’m collaborating on a study of traumatic childbearing experiences, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the types of injuries that can occur as a result of pregnancies, labors, and different types of…
Quick hit: Women in Translation →
Posted by Heather Hewett at Girl w/Pen A mere 3% of books published in the U.S. each year are translations. An even smaller number of these books are written by women. What are the obstacles facing women writers around the world? What…
Kicking Off My FB Re-Education with "Facebook...
I’m going to be spending time this next month getting smarter about social media — and sharing what I learn. I just finished my first Bookbuzzr webinar, Facebook Fundamentals: Online Round Table with Penny Sansevieri, Phyllis Zimbler Miller, Teresa Morrow. (Thank you, sweet babies, for falling asleep JUST in time.) Here are my notes: To create what used to be called a...
State of the Union 2011: Why This New Parent... →
She makes a good point.
Want a Feminist Son? Tips From a Veteran | BlogHer →
Cynthia Samuels, you’re the best. #parenting
Pausing at the entrance to the #writing cave
NICE WORK: Gender inequality that doesn’t put you... →
Posted at Girl w/Pen, by Virginia Rutter What we know: the dudes are getting better at childcare and housework, and the ladies are easing off. But are they undoing gender? If so, how much? Men have increased the average amount of childcare…
How did writing while pregnant shape what she...
http://bit.ly/dPSalv ORIGINS author @anniemurphypaul on epigenetic research, the anxiety pregnant women feel, and what it was like to report research on pregnancy while pregnant. A snippet from her interview at She Writes with IN HER OWN SWEET TIME author Rachel Lehmann-Haupt: Rachel Lehmann-Haupt: How did being a mother influence your point of view while researching it? Annie Murphy Paul:...
writing+life fit →
Cali Yost writes about the tyrannies of work/life “balance”. In 2011, I’m focusing on my #writing / life fit. Here’s hoping!
Her Boy Likes Pretty →
Lovely post by a mama over at Chicago Now about raising her kids to be who they are. (Thanks to my gal Courtney at feministing for the link.)
All this noise sounds like the exchange of strong opinions, but I would argue it...– Lisa Belkin, in reference to the past few weeks of snarky, opinionated media conversation around tales of Tiger Mothers, fertility warriors, and regretful SAHMs (Divorce and the Stay-at-Home-Mom - NYTimes.com) I think Lisa’s onto something. Now, if only we could redirect all that energy to...
Thoughts on essay #writing
What makes an essay tick? Resonance. And to be resonant, writes Kathleen Norris, “is to be ‘strong and deep in tone, resounding.’ And to resound means to be filled to the depth with a sound that is sent back to its source. An essay that works is similar; it gives back to the reader a thought, a memory, an emotion made richer by the experience of another. Such an essay may...
I Love This →
Fantastic post by Global Mama columnist (and dear friend!) Heather Hewett over at Girl w/Pen, on aspiration, lived reality, and balance. She walks the walk, that mama/scholar does. And I’m inspired.
Debbie Friedman, alav hashalom →
May her memory be for a blessing. She—her voice, her spirit, her music—will be missed so, so much.
Fun with intergenerational #feminism
I’m reading Judith Warner’s “Fear (Again) of Flying” and Lisa Belkin’s response on the heels of finishing up Stephanie Coontz’ new cultural history of The Feminine Mystique (it pubs on Tuesday!) while catching up on Katha Pollitt’s latest on young feminists at The Nation and thinking: plus ca change…. More substantive thoughts from this corner soon...
POP GOES FEMINISM: Should Barbie Sink or Swim?... →
This post is authored by Natalie Wilson of Girl w/Pen, where it appears in full. “For decades, Barbie has remained torpedo-titted, open-mouthed, tippy-toed and vagina-less in her cellophane coffin—and, ever since I was little, she threatened me,” writes Susan Jane Gilman in her…
This Just Made My Day →
Because our daughters watch us and learn, writes cydneyloren in “When Your Girl Looks Like You,” part of the #BlogHer Own Your Beauty campaign: Having a daughter has taught me to stop saying negative things about myself, at least out loud. To try to look in the mirror and see what she sees. To quit picking apart my features and just embrace what they can do; and what they can...
What You Eat While Pregnant Affects Your Baby's... →
Um yeah - not. Or…maybe?
Incredible tale of infertility, humor, creativity,...
She Writes is honored to post an original comic by graphic memoirist Phoebe Potts, author of Good Eggs, today. Check it out: For the full strip, click here. The praise for Good Eggs is phenomenal (and well deserved): “Good Eggs is mostly funny and sometimes sad, but always honest, intelligent, and completely involving.”— ROZ CHAST “Phoebe Potts has created a book that is soulful without...
If You're Dealing with Infertility, You Really...
Dear Phoebe Potts, I’m still only in the middle but I’m so moved by your infertility memoir, Good Eggs, that I just had to say something about it in public. Today is thank-a-fellow-She-Writer day at She Writes, so please consider this note an expression of my gratitude. Thanks for making me laugh, cry, sigh in recognition, and grieve in empathy as you chronicle your infertility journey in...