Posted by admin on Jul 22, 2012 in Educational
(With apologies to my dad, who was a product of his time and didn’t mean it.)
It’s been an interesting few weeks, what with Marissa Mayer’s appointment as the new CEO of Yahoo! followed swiftly by her announcement that she’s pregnant and plans to take hardly any or no maternity leave, and Thora Arnorsdottir challenging (and losing) the Icelandic presidency with a four-week-old child.
Posted by rosanne on Oct 15, 2009 in Challenges
Every single day, someone mistakes my daughter for a boy. Why? In part, because “boy” is the default category. In part, because she isn’t dressed in pink, doesn’t have pierced ears and is not sporting one of those lacy bands around her forehead (ugh). It happened again this week, at the pool, because she was wearing a lime green swimsuit that (shock, horror) only covered her bottom. All the other girls were in pink, either one-pieces or two-piece bikinis (for 8-month-old babies!!). It’s just part of a bigger story about gender, stereotypes, Caster Semenya and why she matters, girls’ toys and boys’ toys, and why it’s a big, big mess waiting to happen. Read more…
Posted by rosanne on Sep 13, 2009 in Challenges
, Sustainable Parenting
Apparently, up to a third of Australians think women shouldn’t breastfeed in public. I think what’s more worrying about that study is how many people think babies should be weaned at six months and that it’s the 18–24 year olds who are the most ignorant. I have a sneaking suspicion that my daughter is growing up in a more conservative, gendered world than I did, and it scares me. Read more…