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The mommy wars vs the reality of working motherhood

August 14, 2012 / Comments Off on The mommy wars vs the reality of working motherhood
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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An open letter on so-called parenting privilege in the workplace

June 18, 2011 / Comments Off on An open letter on so-called parenting privilege in the workplace
Futuristic-looking playground representing parenting privilege in the workplace

I don’t talk about parenting issues too much on this blog. But an article in the Globe and Mail yesterday (“Why is it single people who get stuck working weekends?”), arguing that parents are “privileged” in the workplace, and moreover that maternity leave is an unfair form of privilege/discrimination, left me so enraged, I have…

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The digital afterlife and the lies we’ll leave behind

February 24, 2011 / Comments Off on The digital afterlife and the lies we’ll leave behind
Salem Cemetery for digital afterlife post

Alison Garwood-Jones wrote a lovely piece a while ago on her blog about the wisps of life we leave behind on the internet. To add to the unmade bed, the book half-read, the phone call never returned and conversation never finished, is now the digital alter-ego, never finished. And, somehow lacking the poignancy of finding…

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Study says… "Blame mom!"

February 9, 2011 / Comments Off on Study says… "Blame mom!"
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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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Baby dictator photos art project explores nature of evil and motherhood

June 9, 2010 /
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Baby dictator photos - baby dressed up as Stalin

I have conflicted feelings about mommy blogging. It’s an activity which, like much of online living, presupposes some kind of inherent relevance to your personal life. But what about the child as art canvas? I’m not talking Sally Mann or Tierney Gearon style photographs of their children in day-to-day life. I’m talking about costuming and…

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