Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This reflective diary in nine parts (one for every month of pregnancy) can be a bit metaphor-laden at times, but still manages to be gripping, entertaining, educational, and overwhelmingly poetic. Chitra Ramaswamy is a former newspaper journalist and seems eager to demonstrate just how well read and cultured she is. There’s references to... Continue Reading →

Why Breastfeeding Matters

I am a breastfeeding counsellor and I have been a breastfeeding mother for the best part of the last seven years. The politics of breastfeeding are central to my feminism: the struggles of breastfeeding women often mirror the oppression of women at other stages in life. Big business is out to exploit us. Formula companies... Continue Reading →

The Domestic Is Political

“Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.” -Simone de Beauvoir, 1949 Our society is built upon the unpaid labour of women. Washing and drying clothes, washing and drying dishes, mopping up spilled... Continue Reading →

How To: Raise Feminist Kids

Talk honestly and simply about the ways in which you make choices about your own body. Allow them to own their own body. I explain to my girls that it is my job as their parent to help them make choices that keep them safe and healthy but that as they get older they will... Continue Reading →

Mothers Are People Too

Mothers are people too. We get shat on a lot, literally. We’re the last to eat and the first to blame. We are paid in kisses and freshly plucked daisies. Mother’s Day cards would convince us that what we do is priceless, selfless. We have been put on a pedestal so high that we can’t... Continue Reading →

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