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V poslednej dobe som natrafila na kopu work-life balance článkov, ale veľa z nich sa mi zdá nanič. Toto je naopak jeden z tých, ktoré stoja za prečítanie.

a problem of all people–the economy, stupid–is turned into a problem of women. And when women can’t magically solve this problem, any choice they make is given a negative moral weight. The media-concocted mommy wars (which Warner is a long-time participant in) rely on attributing moral judgment to acts that are more often financial survival. Warner uses the word “haunted” multiple times to describe their feelings, and attributes this to their inability to use their “prodigious powers of control” on all aspects of their lives, as if by choosing to opt out they’d given up control. Most women don’t have anything like an actual choice, and even the ones who do shouldn’t be blamed for having only the options they have.

Ako ostať priatelia, keď nemáte deti a vaši priatelia majú

There is a secret to maintaining your friendships, and I am entirely serious about this: when a friend has a kid, assume that you will see that friend primarily, perhaps only, for dinner at their house or apartment for the next seven to ten years. If they have more than one kid, the clock resets with each new one. Oh, and most of the time, you have to invite yourself over. And you may have to bring the food.

Do yourself a favor: travel solo at least once

solo exploration is one of the best ways to learn and challenge oneself. It’s a great way to re-center, to escape from the details of daily life that can distract us from our own big picture and to come back with a new sense of self-sufficiency and purpose. And “solo exploration” doesn’t have to mean a ticket to Thailand. It can be an hour of quiet meditation, a regular dinner out, a beer at your favorite bar, your morning run down a new route, an evening in a dark movie theater. It means doing something alone that you’d usually do paired, in a way that forces you to make all the decisions and simply be with yourself.

‘A beautiful body’ project

“We are facing an epidemic of women who feel unworthy of being called beautiful,” Beall told HuffPost, describing a world in which “nearly all of us struggle to feel beautiful in our own skin.” And the expectations faced by women who have given birth are particularly harsh. “Shaming mothers for not ‘bouncing back’ after childbirth can cause feelings of failure when being a mother is challenging enough and when a big number of us have already lived a life of feeling un-beautiful prior to giving birth,” she says.

Mother

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the gift of siblings

They’re less tailored fits than friends are. But in a family that’s succeeded at closeness, they’re more natural, better harbors. As Colt observed of his siblings, and it’s true of mine as well, they aren’t people he would have likely made an effort to know or spend time with if he’d met them at school, say, or at work. And yet a reunion with them thrills him more than a reunion with friends, who don’t make him feel that he’s “a part of a larger quilt,” he said. His brothers do.

Star Wars vs Game of Thrones – nestáva sa mi to často, ale tu som sa reálne nahlas rehotala… ale aby to bolo vtipné, treba poznať dej oboch… a asi by som mala dať aj varovanie pre tých, ktorí nie sú úplne up-to-date: spoiler alert:

got_vs_sw

hororové príbehy v dvoch vetách – niektoré sú ozaj dobré

I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.”

how to talk to your daughter about her body

don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.
If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:
“You look so healthy!” is a great one.
Or how about, “you’re looking so strong.”
“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”
Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.
Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.

Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.

ešte pár fotiek z našej dovolenky: Legoland a Kodaň

práva detí (Katka, ďakujem)

toto je síce pár rokov staré (natrafila som na to, keď som hľadala niečo iné), ale keby namiesto dvojvetových hororových príbehov písali čo najdeprimujúcejšie jednovetové, tak by to bol jeden z finalistov:

Although there was no difference in the body mass index measurements between the three-year-old boys and girls, mothers reported that their daughters ate enough food, but their sons did not (p<.01), the researchers reported in the December issue of International Journal of Eating Disorders.

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(sté v poradí)

reakcia na reláciu “Moderné pôrody”

Od verejnoprávnej televízie ako divák očakávam, že ma bude informovať nezaujato a čo možno najviac pravdivo. Moderátor nebude zavázdať a pretláčať svoje ničím nepodložené pocity (keď si už nedal tú námahu naštudovať si problematiku). Pri sledovaní Vašej relácie by som ako neinformovaný laik nadobudla pocit, že podstatou moderného pôrodníctva je cisársky rez, epidurálna analgézia, otecko pri pôrode a nástrihy. Naopak, nič by som sa nedozvedela o potrebe pocitu bezpečia pri pôrode pre jeho zdarný priebeh, o prirodzených možnostiach tlmenia bolesti alebo o tom, že nástrih je vždy poranenie druhého stupňa (z trojstupňovej stupnice, niektoré zdroje uvádzajú až 4 stupne) a že podľa najnovších vedeckých poznatkov a štúdií je hlavným rizikovým faktorom vzniku poranenia tretieho stupňa (t.j. keď sa žene hrádza natrhne až po konečník, čo sa pri obyčajnom natrhnutí bez nástrihu stáva veľmi zriedka) a vzniku inkontinencie vo vyššom veku. Rovnako by som nadobudla pocit, že o tom, či porodím s nástrihom alebo bez, rozhoduje pôrodník a nie ja, ako svojprávny človek, ktorý má právo rozhodovať o svojom tele. No a určite by som chcela rodiť s epidurálnou analgéziou, keď je to také úžasné a bez akýchkoľvek rizík. Našťastie v takýchto dôležitých veciach si nevytváram názor na základe podobných relácií ako ste odvysielali v pondelok večer.

diskriminačné body z novely zákona o matrikách vypustené a čo viac:

Rada vlády súčasne odporučila ministerstvu zdravotníctva (MZ SR), aby komplexne a v súlade s medzinárodnými ľudskoprávnymi štandardmi regulovalo právo žien na domáci pôrod, a to za aktívnej účasti všetkých zainteresovaných strán, vrátane odborníkov a odborníčok z praxe a občianskej verejnosti…

Európsky súd pre ľudské práva v prípade Ternovszky proti Maďarsku potvrdil, že ženy majú právo zvoliť si pôrod doma ako rovnocennú možnosť k pôrodnici a štát má povinnosť im túto voľbu prakticky zabezpečiť. “Domáce pôrody na Slovensku však nie sú nijako regulované a hoci štát priznáva ženám právo zvoliť si domáci pôrod, odmieta túto voľbu aj reálne podporiť. Ženy nemôžu rodiť s odbornou pomocou, vyriešená nie je ani starostlivosť po pôrode či zápis do matriky. ,“ hovorí Zuzana Krišková z občianskeho združenia Ženské kruhy. “Švédsko, Nórsko, Dánsko, Rakúsko, Nemecko, Holandsko – v krajinách s vyspelým zdravotníctvom už stanovili náročné a presné štandardy pre pôrody mimo zdravotníckeho zariadenia. Domáce pôrody tak pre mnohé ženy žijúce v zahraničí predstavujú reálnu a legitímnu voľbu. Keď to ide v iných krajinách, niet dôvodu, prečo by sme to nemali zvládnuť aj na Slovensku,“ dodáva Krišková.

od Didiho toto video o zaujímavej škole

Môj komentár bol, že sa mi to páči, akurát
a) neviem, nakoľko je to spraviteľné vo veľkej mierke (že by sa takto malo vzdelávať veľa detí)
b) decká získajú veľa takých hands-on zručností, ale je podľa mna otázne, nakoľko sa venujú aj abstraktnému mysleniu (že napr, či by človek takto vzdelávaný do 18 rokov mohol ísť študovať na matfyz)
c) money money money – toto nebude lacný špás

Didiho odpoveď:

Inšpiráciou pre tieto školy je Semlerova skola a je pravda, že bez jeho peňazí by ani nemala šancu vzniknúť. Neviem, ako by to vyzeralo vo veľkej mierke, ale myslím, že sa tam dostaneme. Tá skupina ľudí, ktorým sa zdá, že po 100 rokoch to treba vylepšiť narastá a od istého momentu sa to môže začať šíriť veľmi rýchlo…

Ja si to b) predstavujem tak, že v tej škole individuálnym prístupom buď ty, alebo učitelia zistia, že ti to ide/ťa to baví (napr. talent na “matematiku”) a umožnia ti to rozvíjať ďalej – dajme tomu viac ako niekomu, kto chce sadiť rastliny a sledovať prírodu…

Ono, 18-ročných ľudí, ktorí môžu ísť študovať na matfyz vďaka! škole veľa nepoznám… aspoň nie  v tomto čase, kedy tá kvalita nás, študentov, ide podľa mňa prudko dolu. To, že môže niekto ísť na matfyz, je vďaka ďalším aktivitám, ktoré takisto, alebo skôr, alebo kvalitnejšie, môže získať aj vďaka! takej škole.

ešte raz na podobnú tému: radšej sedieť v base ako v škole

vtipné reklamy a zaujímavé reklamy (mňa najviac zaujala tá na linku pomoci pre zneužívané deti)

otvorený list Facebook-u

I am wondering why pictures of women stay up if it is visually stimulating to men, but a cartoon drawing that will help women empower themselves and gain knowledge is considered pornographic, and gets removed?…  It’s another example of sexualized women being acceptable, but women’s anatomical/biological bodies being shamed and censored. At the very least, follow your own rules.

Keď Disney prerobí aj Meridu, dopadne to taktoDisney Merida

Here are the [differences] that I see:

  • Sleeker, longer hair with more body
  • Larger eyes and more arched eyebrows
  • Plumper lips
  • A thinner waist
  • More obvious breasts
  • An overall more adult and less adolescent appearance
  • Lighter colored and more ornate gown
  • A lower cut neckline that also shows more shoulder
  • Perhaps most symbolically, her bow and arrows have disappeared in favor of a fashionable belt

kto by to bol povedal? (hint: každý, kto by sa nad tým aspoň na chvíľočku zamyslel; prečo je to v rubrike Surprising Science??) otcovia rozpoznávajú plač svojich detí rovnako ako matky

When the researchers split the data along gender lines, they found something interesting. The factor that best predicted which parents were best at identifying their child’s cries was the amount of time the parent spent with their babies, regardless of if they were the mother or father.

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Z posledných deviatich dní som bola sedem preč – dva na kurze pre duly (dojmy napíšem) a päť na lyžovačke aj s deťmi (fotky budú). Takže dnešná rešerš internetu bude taká poskromnejšia:

náboženstvo a bábätká (od Didiho)

killing us softly:

the science gap:

PhD comics: čo nás učia trojroční ľudkovia

ten nadpis sa mi nepáči, ale mohol by to byť zaujímavý seminár (od môjho ocina)

o tajnom primiešavaní zdravých ingrediencií do detských jedál

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tento týždeň som bola v kníhkupectve dvakrát, ale na takúto sekciu som tam nenatrafila 🙂

OK Go: Skyscrapers

fotky roku 2012

women as academic authors

Women’s presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly papers—keys to career success—their publishing patterns differ from those of men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest, in this exclusive Chronicle report. See how overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and—in two major bioscience fields—from the prestigious last-author position.

dlžíš mi – ťažké čítanie; nehovorte, že ste neboli varovaní

Students don’t often address their cancer directly, in the day-to-day of the classrooms. They write about thunderstorms, or animals, or when they’re being more serious, about family and the homes they left behind. However, conquering insurmountable odds and tricking fate are common themes. When they do write directly about their cancer, they don’t write poems, they write essays detailing their experience. Except when a child is about to die. Then they often choose poetry, they often speak directly to God.

o filme Miss Representation a sebakritike

We cannot truly reject the random fantasies of men until we fully accept the varied realities of women. With that, we can model for our daughters the self-love we so desperately want them to own.

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“Vyzeráš výborne!” Čo vlastne podporujeme, keď dávame komplimenty za znižovanie váhy?

If we rethink the way that we give praise, we can begin to restructure our norms. If we praise hard work instead of outcomes and acknowledge beauty wherever we see it and the people who are doing that hard work don’t get any thinner, we’re still reinforcing positive, healthy changes.

“ozdoby na stromčeku”:

Sequoia

špecialita na Deň Vďakyvzdania:

po pár mesiacoch v New Yorku, alebo čo ľuďom bráni v zmenách, ktoré by chceli

Actually the line that I think was the most telling but that she said like a throw-away qualifier was “I didn’t know anyone in New York when I moved here….”

I think that is such a huge factor. To move to a city where you are not afraid to try something new because all the people that labeled who THEY think you are (parents, childhood friends) are not their to say ”that’s not you” or “you’ve changed”. Well, maybe that person didn’t change but finally became who they really are. I totally relate to this as a fellow Midwesterner even though my changes were not as quick or as dramatic.

I bet if you ask most people what keeps them from being who they really want to be (at least stylistically or maybe even more), the answer would not be money but the fear of peer pressure – fear of embarrassing themselves in front of a group of people that they might not actually even like anyway.

optické ilúzie:

Fyzik: Sedliacky rozum je perfektný, no niekedy nestačí

Náš sedliacky rozum však podobným veciam rozumie iba ťažko. Keďže tieto modely dávajú dobré predpovede a výsledky, znamená to, že náš zdravý rozum je zlý?

To je veľmi dôležitá otázka. Nie, sedliacky rozum je dokonalý. Vznikol evolúciou a prispôsobil sa tomu svetu, v ktorom žijeme. Máme úžasnú predstavivosť v dvoch a troch rozmeroch – sme potomkami tých, čo ju mali lepšiu ako ostatní. Nevyvinuli sme si ale (evolučne zbytočnú) intuíciu na priestory, v ktorých sme sa nepotrebovali orientovať. To je ten istý druh problému, aký máme s kvantovou mechanikou. Tam nemáme intuíciu na svet mikroobjektov.

My jednoducho žijeme vo svete, kde majú veci isté rozmery, zvykli sme si naň, chodíme a (keď sme triezvi) nenarazíme do steny. Naši predkovia však nežili vo svete veľkosti atómu a nezažívali denne kvantové pocity. Ani tam preto intuíciu nemáme. Podobne, ako nemáme intuíciu pre svet veľkých rýchlostí (porovnateľných s rýchlosťou svetla), čo nám komplikuje intuitívne prijatie efektov špeciálnej teórie relativity. Aj keď sú naozajstné, náš zdravý rozum sa zdráha ich ako naozajstné prijať.

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natural parenting (xkcd) – choďte si tam pozrieť alt. text, ktorý vidno, keď na obrázok prídete myšou

Natural parenting

predpovedanie budúcnosti

– When will a general purpose computer be small enough to be implanted inside your brain? 2030. Based on the continual shrinking of computers, by 2030 an entire computer will be the size of a pencil eraser, which would be easy to implant.

– When will a general purpose computer be able to simulate human level intelligence? Between 2024 and 2050, depending on which estimate of the complexity of human intelligence is selected, and the number of computers used to simulate it.

dĺžka kódu v rôznych jazykoch (Rosetta Code)

the people’s bailout

Now OWS is launching the ROLLING JUBILEE, a program that has been in development for months. OWS is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in order to forgive it. As a test run, we spent $500, which bought $14,000 of distressed debt. We then ERASED THAT DEBT.(If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt you can do whatever you want with it — traditionally, you hound debtors to their grave trying to collect. We’re playing a different game. A MORE AWESOME GAME.)

sex-selective abortions?

Do I fight misogyny? Hell, yes! But I will not make someone else’s body my battle ground.

Being pro-choice does not mean that I always approve of someone else’s choices. It means that I believe my approval, or lack, thereof, is irrelevant. It isn’t my body. It isn’t my life. Therefore it isn’t my decision. I don’t believe that anyone should be forced to continue a pregnancy or give birth based on my personal ethics. Because no matter how sound I think my ideals may be, I don’t have to live with the effects of that pregnancy. Nor do I have to deal with the consequences. The consequences being a child.

hackovanie z feministických dôvodov

It’s annoying and awkward, to put it mildly, having to do gender-translation on the fly when Maya asks me to read what it says on the screen. You can pick your character’s name, of course – I always stick with Link, being a traditionalist – but all of the dialog insists that Link is a boy, and there’s apparently nothing to be done about it.

Well, there wasn’t anything to be done about it, certainly not anything easy, but as you might imagine I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.

najlepšie tohtoročné obrázky pod mikroskopom

začala som hovoriť dcéram, že som krásna

I don’t want my girls to be children who are perfect and then, when they start to feel like women, they remember how I thought of myself as ugly and so they will be ugly too. They will get older and their breasts will lose their shape and they will hate their bodies, because that’s what women do. That’s what mommy did. I want them to become women who remember me modeling impossible beauty. Modeling beauty in the face of a mean world, a scary world, a world where we don’t know what to make of ourselves.

“Look at me, girls!” I say to them. “Look at how beautiful I am. I feel really beautiful, today.”

a ešte pri príležitosti štrajku učiteľov toto

Otázka od istého novinára FICOVI : /WEBnoviny 17.2.2012/
Čo považujete za najväčšiu prednosť Slovenska?
Ficova odpoveď :
Miernu povaha ľudí, ktorí žijú na Slovensku z hľadiska sociálnej výdrže. Nechceli mi veriť kolegovia, premiéri a premiérky, keď som chodil na európsku radu, že na Slovensku je bežný dôchodok 280 €. Nechceli mi veriť, že vo firme človek zarába 450 €. Povedali mi, že to je nemožné z takého niečoho vyžiť. Práve schopnosť ľudí žiť z nízkych príjmov, postarať sa o svoje rodiny aj za cenu, že títo ľudia robia často v dvoch, troch zamestnaniach, to je prednosť Slovenska. Sme podstatne životaschopnejší ako sú Francúzi, Španieli, Portugalci. Máme pred nimi náskok. Keby takáto situácia padla Španielom, že majú žiť z 300 alebo 400 €, tak asi zapália krajinu, ale naši ľudia žijú a idú ďalej. Toto je naša prednosť. A preto aj keď prídu ťažké časy, tak podstatne jednoduchšie ťažké časy prežijú krajiny ako je Slovensko.

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Dr Seuss je jeden z mojich naobľúbenejších autorov pre deti a teší ma, že aj Kike sa páči. Z Ameriky sme si okrem iných priniesli Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, One Fish, Two Fish, Fox in Socks, The Cat in the Hat… a teraz som sa dočítala, že predtým, ako sa Dr Seuss začal venovať písaniu pre deti, kreslil reklamy. A jeho štýl sa nezaprie.

seuss

Science Chicks from History – povinné čítanie pre tých, ktorí pri otázke ‘Aké ženy-vedkyne poznáte?’ odpovedia ‘Marie Curie’ a tým skončia.  Čo tak Hedy Lamarr?

minulý víkend sa v Ugande, kde je trestom za homosexualitu smrť alebo väzenie, konala prvá Pride Parade – Zuz, nejaké lokálne odpočuté komentáre? trochu súvisí: Legalise Love

aký je horný limit na výšku mrakodrapov?

piata chuť – umami – ten glutamát, ktorý nám tak chutí…

Thus, umami taste is common to foods that contain high levels of L-glutamate, IMP and GMP, most notably in fish, shellfish, cured meats, vegetables (e.g., mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, Chinese cabbage, spinach, celery, etc.) or green tea, and fermented and aged products (e.g., cheeses, shrimp pastes, soy sauce, etc.). Humans’ first encounter with umami is breast milk. It contains roughly the same amount of umami as broths.

dare to bare

About a week ago, self-styled ‘Etiquette Expert’ and all-round stuffed shirt, William Hanson went on ITV’s This Morning (a UK morning television show) to argue that women over 50 should not be allowed to wear bikinis. In fact, he added, women under 50 who didn’t have great bodies should have the decency to cover up too.

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najprv štyri linky k Olympiáde, ktorá sa práve končí:

ako sa menili bradlá a zostavy na nich od 50tych rokov po súčasnosť:

ako niektorým ľuďom viac záleží na účese ako na zlatej medaile

iný pohľad na olympijské kruhy (len pre pripomenutie – Oceánia je modrá, Európa čierna, Ameriky červené, Afrika žltá a Ázia zelená)

o klipe Telá v pohybe

online video produced by NBC in which women competing in various Olympic sports were featured in softcore, fetishist slow-motion highlights, while porn-tastic jazz music played on the soundtrack. It looked like something a testosterone-filled teenager with a DVR would have spliced together for YouTube; instead, it was the official rights holder of the Olympics in the U.S. that produced it.

prečo má autíčko Curiosity, ktoré nedávno pristálo na Marse iba 2-megapixelovú kameru a 8gb pamäte? (len pre porovnanie, dnes sú dostupné telefóny, ktoré majú 8 megapixelov a 64gb)

There’s a popular belief that projects like this are going to be very advanced but there are things that mitigate against that. These designs were proposed in 2004, and you don’t get to propose one specification and then go off and develop something else. 2MP with 8GB of flash [memory] didn’t sound too bad in 2004. But it doesn’t compare well to what you get in an iPhone today.

evakuácia chorého vedca z Antarktídy

But the most famous rescue was of Dr. Jerri Nielsen in 1999. She diagnosed herself with breast cancer and also performed her own biopsy procedure using chemotherapy supplies delivered by parachute from the US Air Force until she could finally be reached.

ako prežiť katastrofu? čo si pripraviť do zásoby? Tento článok mi z nejakého záhadného dôvodu poslal ocino a pripomenul mi tým Survivalblog, na ktorý som kedysi natrafila

toto

Ben Barres had just finished giving a seminar at the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research 10 years ago, describing to scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and other top institutions his discoveries about nerve cells called glia. As the applause died down, a friend later told him, one scientist turned to another and remarked what a great seminar it had been, adding, “Ben Barres’s work is much better than his sister’s.”

There was only one problem. Prof. Barres, then as now a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, doesn’t have a sister in science. The Barbara Barres the man remembered was Ben. Prof. Barres is transgendered, having completed the treatments that made him fully male 10 years ago. The Whitehead talk was his first as a man, so the research he was presenting was done as Barbara.

trochu súvisí – fotky, pol tváre mužskej, pol ženskej

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17-ročná víťazka tohtoročného Google Science Fair

čo keby boli iné športy fotografované tak, ako ženský plážový volejbal

gelová biochladnička

Gelová chladnička

akciám spoločností, ktoré majú vo vedení ženy, sa darí lepšie

Shares of companies with a market capitalization of more than $10 billion and with women board members outperformed comparable businesses with all-male boards by 26 percent worldwide over a period of six years, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute

o telesných tvaroch a o tom, ako sa o nich hovorí

However well meaning these kinds of campaigns are, lining women up to celebrate body diversity often just creates body competition. It’s inviting us to make judgements and observations about how things look.  It’s inviting us to size things up.  Let’s not do that anymore.

We need to stop talking about size altogether.  Yep.  You know that. I know that. My dog knows that. The guy that makes my coffee knows that.  We’ve been over and over it, right?  Let’s move on!

No one is plus size. No one is minus size.  No one is normal.  We are more than that.  We need to shift the focus from body acceptance and champion people acceptance.  We need to shut the door firmly on this kind of stuff. It’s old. It’s boring. It’s not relevant. Begone.

o výchove dcér a sebavedomí

If our end goal for girls is simply to have them feel “confident”—especially about their looks—then we create a trap where anything that makes a girl feel better about her appearance, no matter how harmful, is a reasonable solution. (How many times has plastic surgery been preceded by a “I’m doing it for me!” explanation?)

There may be a bit of head-shaking over young girls going to drastic measures to feel beautiful, but we never seem to question the idea that feeling beautiful is a worthy goal in the first place. We should tell girls the truth: “Beautiful” is bullshit, a standard created to make women into good consumers, too busy wallowing in self-loathing to notice that we’re second class citizens.

Girls don’t need more self-esteem or feel-good mantras about loving themselves—what they need is a serious dose of righteous anger. But instead of teaching young women to recognize and utilize their very justifiable rage, we tell them to smile and love themselves.

riot parent

The other day I found myself exclaiming to my two daughters, sixteen and fourteen respectively, don’t have sex until you’re in your twenties, but here are some condoms.

For my last semester in the spring of 1992, I signed up for a Feminist Studies class; one of my last assignments was to share with the class how the ideas we addressed might impact our daily lives.  It was a good assignment.
For it, I walked in with my son, a diaper bag, filled with bottles and food.
This is how, I said.
I got a B.

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