Default

Default as the standard choice It’s what you get if you don’t change the settings? It’s what you get if you want no frills? No enhancement. Basic. Impersonal.   Or is default a failure? Not meeting obligation?   ‘Male’ has long been considered the default human. It is the default in literature. If the gender … More Default

Medically Extreme Birthing: born of fear or fantasy?

The spectrum of birth possibilities in the western world spans from unassisted birth to elective caesarean and even surrogacy.  For some people, the choice is made for them, for reasons beyond their control.  For others the choice is absolute.  When the absolute choice is at one of the extremes, it can be very difficult to … More Medically Extreme Birthing: born of fear or fantasy?

My baby is tired, but it is not sleep time. Should I give her coffee?

My baby is tired but it’s not sleeptime Should I give her coffee? My toddler won’t eat his greens He only wants some toffee My child wants to smoke cigarettes Is it ok if they’re mild? The kids want to play with guns They’re just being wild! My tween would like to make a toast … More My baby is tired, but it is not sleep time. Should I give her coffee?

Lets talk about Marriage.

So, in Australia it seems our elected representatives are having trouble accepting that love is love and despite knowing that approximately 70% of Australians support changing the marriage act to include same-sex relationships (otherwise known as Equality) we are being ‘encouraged’ to ‘vote’ in a survey asking the question: The results of this expensive, farcical … More Lets talk about Marriage.

Maternal Feminism in the Brave New World

Vanessa Olorenshaw’s Liberating Motherhood was published last year, launching the ‘purple stocking movement’. The book raises the issue of the absence of mothers in feminism and politics.  It is not enough to simply have women in leadership.  Not all women are mothers and not all mothers mother the same.  Society encourages us to return to paid … More Maternal Feminism in the Brave New World