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?

Dear Roxane – An Open Letter on Queer Feminism & Lesbophobia

Originally posted on Sister Outrider:
A brief foreword: this letter was written as an invitation for queer, bisexual, and straight women who call themselves feminist to reflect upon their lesbophobia. ? Dear Roxane, As every woman active in the modern day feminist movement knows, there is a growing schism between queer ideology and sexual politics.…

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

Swimming in grief

A wave of grief washed over me, Pulling me down. I could not breath. I flipped between trying to breath, desperately And wanting to peacefully slip away, I was trapped between not living and unable to die Not wanting either. Desperately wanting both. Spinning in the grief zone, Consumed and overwhelmed, Clawing my way back, … More Swimming in grief

I have my thinks

I have my thinks There for I am But does that make me right? My thinks are mine, and shape my world, but I have a plight. I want to own my thinks you see, and conclusions seem so final, but these thoughts are spinning ’round, Is a woman not ‘vaginal’?