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Seasons Change...

My plans for writing an epic closing post for Summer of Feminista faded along with the season. But I swear I'm going to write an epic mentoring/"Lean In" post for y'all by the end of the year. For those of you keeping track of my PhD journey, next month are my comprehensive exams. They are a set of three exams that are supposed to test us on everything we should know. And yes this means that this blog is most likely (should!) go to radio silence. So as I crawl off into the study sunset, I leave you with a list of all of this year's Summer of Feminista posts for your reading pleasure. Thank you to the amazing Latinas who shared their stories with this blog over summer 2013. The Antidote to the Mentoring Poison La Luzma, La Pixie and Me A Responsibility Learning from the Gray Building a Circle of Mentors A Good Mentor Is Nurturing, Tough and Lets You Have a Good Cry On second thought, Latinas have a lot to learn from Sheryl Sandberg Looking back at my

Tadpole

Eighteen years ago a little boy came into this world. He was small, blonde and so tiny. When I met him a few days after his birth he snuggled into my chest and fell asleep. I fell in love. A few months later his parents, whom I had only known for 18 months or so, somehow made the decision to ask me to be his godmother. It helped that I was dating their best friend, who would become his godfather. I have no idea how they knew I would stick around to be a godmother to this little human being. I was only 20 years old for Pete's sake! Today that tiny baby is EIGHTEEN! And he will soon become an Eagle Scout. He is emblematic of the 9/11 generation. His world was shattered that day as a 6-year-old boy. His family has a strong traditional of serving in the military. His parents are conservative and elections are often touchy times for us, but we get through them. I still remember walking into his room when he was maybe 8 and seeing it decked out in stars and stripes AND a huge photo o

CFP: Birth and its Meanings: Representations of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting

CALL FOR PAPERS  Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection Birth and its Meanings: Representations of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenting Editors: Dr. Nadya Burton DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: January 15, 2014 Representations of pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, loss and early parenting are simultaneously diverse (grounded in different social, religious and cultural contexts), and normative (they tend to reflect the status quo, and often romanticized notions of these profound life events). This collection will explore diverse cultural representations of childbirth and related events in an effort both to unpack and unsettle stereotypical representations, as well as to engage representations that challenge, transgress and resist cultural norms. Reflections on a wide range of cultural representations will be included (literature, poetry, film, television, reality tv, painting, sculpture, new media, photography and others). Creative works (narrative, images) wi

First comes love, then comes an abortion?

The NY Times broke new ground earlier this week when they published Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat and Faith Rein's wedding announcement and included how they decided to abort a pregnancy while they were in college. It is little shock to me that this story is popular. One of the most popular posts for this blog is one where I mused about why we rarely hear about abortion being part of love stories.   Popular culture is filled with stories of men who push women to have abortions. That they are emotionally wrecking to women. That abortion happens when a man walks out on a woman. Yet, rarely do we see or hear about couples who are deeply in love, yet know that having a baby RIGHT NOW is not the answer. That it may actually harm their love and thus impair their ability to parent to the best of their ability. And before you think that is selfish, I am sure we all know some couple who had a baby, split and now are the worst of enemies that their parenting is seriously impaired by

Review: American Masters Billie Jean King

DVR alert! You must set your DVR or your calendar to be home on Tuesday, September 10th to watch the premiere of PBS American Masters documentary on Billie Jean King . When Billie Jean King's childhood friend asked her if she wanted to play tennis, she didn't know what tennis was. "You get to run, jump and hit a ball." King knew that was her game as those where her three favorite things to do. We learn that King and her brother were raised by very typical 1950s parents who also happened to be very progressive. Her parents instilled a sense of fairness and justice in them. So much so that when King got serious about tennis, she immediately recognized that it was an elitist game. In the documentary she claims that she then rationalized that if she were to become the best player in the world, it would give her the platform to fight for justice. As much as that came true, I wonder how much of that plan is true. But I could care less. This documentary paints th

Review: Girls Can't What?

If you are still pissed at the Children's Place "Girls don't do math" t-shirt episode, know that there are a lot of great online shops that provide cute items for our kids AND have an empowering message. One sure place is Girls Can't What?  I picked t he woman scientist tote bag for review. Turns out that I have the same bag for this blog, so I can attest that the bag is up to snuff for holding a lot of gear. I've packed this tote to the gills, including my laptop and school books. It won't let you down. BUT...what is the real attraction for this line of products are the cute illustrations. I will say that my 10-year-old daughter wasn't into them, but there are a lot that I enjoy. So if your daughter is looking for a great bag for her after school activities, this would be an excellent choice. But GCW also has shirts, buttons, mugs, you get it...the whole Zazzle store. I also like that there is a wide variety of illustrations, so whether your