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Monthly Archives: October 2010

This next month will be busy for me. I have several interviews and assignments to finish up, work for a graduate assistantship to complete and the introduction to a book section to write for a project I was involved in which involved interviewing immigrants in the city. And I also have to find some work – so I can pay for daycare next semester.

Because to do all this, I have my youngest, Little F, in daycare.  Read More »


The everyday nature of rape is not reported. Instead, media report sensationalized narratives which turn rape into an eroticized freak show of sorts.

Col. Russell Williams photographed his victims; why are news organizations publishing any of these photos? For whom are they publishing these images?

From Red Light Politics.

What would happen if newspapers published a daily list of rapes and sexual assaults reported the day before? Just one or two lines containing the city and a very brief description of the circumstances, followed by the next victim and the next one and the next one. I contend that such reporting would be much more powerful than the current “rape as sanctioned erotica”, if only because it would be impossible to ignore the numbers. Read More »

I’d like to write more about this, but I have a thesis proposal to put together. It’s about what is called the motherhood penalty, the fact that moms in the workplace are routinely paid less and offered worse, less reliable positions than women without children, men without children, and men with children.

I’ll just say that I first noticed the motherhood penalty when I was working full-time when my second daughter was born. No woman in my office who chose to have children escaped some sort of repercussion. One woman asked, after she had been shifted from regular day work to irregular day/evening shifts, if she could be given a set schedule two weeks ahead of time so she could plan childcare. Management said “we didn’t ask you to have kids”. She left. Her husband, who worked in the same office but was apparently free from the responsibility to arrange childcare, stayed.

Anyway, more analysis on the new research here. And more about the motherhood penalty here.

Via feminisiting. About a documentary about the life of Dr. George Tiller. I can’t watch that where I live, but there’s a clip from an old interview with Dr. Tiller that is amazing. And relevant in light of so many challenges today to abortion access.

I told this story to someone at school today. We moved into a new house a few months back. Before we moved things in, we took the girls through. Little F, just three years old, was excited. This house is a bit newer than the 100+ year old row house were were renting. One architectural detail amused her, however. In the upstairs bedroom, she encountered, for the first time, a closet. She walked into the closet, turned a full circle and looked up at me, with her brows furrowed in confusion (Elise has a particularly expressive face). She said “What’s this for mama?”