The Russian make-up brigade

February 27, 2014

Early in January, I spent a weekend at a planning retreat for Limmud FSU Canada (it’s the first ever Limmud FSU in Canada, and yes, expect to hear more from me about it soon). We were all asked to bring an artifact that spoke to our Russian selves, and as part of the identity-digging activity…

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Friday Links: The no room for DIY parenting in the office of the future edition

March 15, 2013
DIY Parenting

1. DIY parenting is the opposite of feminism The Atlantic takes up one of my favourite topics – the crazy effort required of DIY parenting. You know the kind, where parents (read: mothers) make their own baby food (ok, I did that, it’s called a blender and it’s closer than the grocery store), grow their…

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Friday Links: The Stalin ruins Women’s Day edition

March 8, 2013
Translated Soviet Women's Day Poster from 1932

Once upon a time, I used to post Monday links. I’m bringing them back, but on Friday. Because I actually have time to think of smart posts on the weekend. Not so much on Fridays. It is a weird week when the 60th anniversary of Stalin’s death rolls around and it’s also (almost) International Women’s Day.…

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The mommy wars vs the reality of working motherhood

August 14, 2012
Working mothers - women welders working during World War 2

Here’s something: the US Bureau of Labour Statistics says that in 2011 only 16% of US households skewed 1950s, with a breadwinner dad and stay-at-home mom (SAHM). In Canada in 2010*, 20% of families had one parent at home – 90% of those were moms. In other words, MOST OF US WORK. (Sorry for the…

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Monday Links – Socialist Cuba beats out Park Slope Food Coop edition

February 21, 2011
Park Slope Food Coop sign

This week’s link round-up… Ill Doctrine Someone who tells it like it is without angry ranting—a much under-appreciated skill. I’m also including a few of his YouTube videos I particularly liked: How To Tell People They Sound Racist, Why I’m Happy, Why I’m Not Satisfied, A Case of Morals, No Accounting for Taste, The Wall-E…

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Monday Links – The skinny cans for skinny gals edition

February 14, 2011
Pepsi truck for Pepsi skinny cans post

Some assorted links from the past week or so… A real life look at the Gulag – The Washington Post A Hollywood movie about the gulag? How did I miss this? Anne Applebaum muses on the interplay between fact-based movies and the Hollywood insistence on happy endings. Good Future, Bad Future: on the Unauthenticated Avant-Garde…

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Study says… "Blame mom!"

February 9, 2011
Obesity studies blaming mothers

Someone once told to me that denial is the cornerstone of civilization. Being a “glass is actually three-quarters empty” kind of person, I’m inclined to agree. And when denial meets obesity meets well-meaning studies, that glass is woefully empty. Two obesity studies blaming mothers have come out in the last few weeks. Both make a strong link between…

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Blah, blah, authenticity, blah, blah, shtetl

November 25, 2010
Food poverty and authenticity - woman on a bike in a modern-day shtetl in Ukraine

Things recently noted on the food front, all courtesy of the New York Times… (The short version, if you don’t want to scroll down – we have issues around food poverty and authenticity.) Exhibit A GROWING up in Montreal, Noah Bernamoff had an issue with his mother’s kasha varnishkes. “My mom’s had so much kasha…

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Links (or Letting Others Do the Thinking)

July 24, 2010
I heart feminism grafitti

Too many links. Not enough time to comment with the wit and/or intelligence deserved. So, a link round-up. Now known  among more enlightened (ok, smarmy) internets circles as “curating.” Not to be confused with that thing people with degrees do in museums. What Leads to ‘Burqa Rage’ (The Sisterhood | Are we doing too…

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Circumcision and the irrational moments of life

July 23, 2010
Circumcision and Russian Jews: the tools

So circumcision. Or, circumcision and Russian Jews, specifically. I’ve been neglecting this blog lately (vacations, dead computers, more vacations…), and why not jump back in with something that’s sure to upset someone, somewhere. In a post titled “Taking On The Difficult Obligation of Brit Milah,” on The Forward‘s Sisterhood blog, Debra Nussbaum Cohen defends the…

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