the sexualisation of breastfeeding: pretty wrong.

The fact that breasts have become fossilised in our cultural history as sexual props, with a cumulative effect (as in, there’s no going back with this now), has had a massive impact on the way many people view the ‘decision’ of a mother to breastfeed her infant.  Breasts are designed to lactate, to feed human…

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The attached parent vs the nursery drop off (archived)

This is separation anxiety, mine and his.  My body tenses and his grips me, a clamp that’s nothing except primal.  Mine, in that stunted grown-up way, picks a fight with the feelings I’m afraid will overwhelm me, as I try to hold my shit together in front of him and these other adults I’m afraid…

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By Water or By Men – review of Bad Weather for The F Word

Originally published at The F Word, May 13th 2013 (reposted with permission) In Giovanni Giommi’s documentary Bad Weather, the sex workers on Banishanta, the island off the Bangladeshi coast, know they are the victims of exploitation, yet refuse to let this define them. It’s a story of survival, religious imagery, unionisation and an attempt to give a…

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shhhhhhh…I’m not sure I quite*get* nurse-ins

The Big Latch On is a bold idea with good intentions and an admirable mission statement, aiming to bring together women and families in support of breastfeeding and raise awareness of the need for greater breastfeeding support in the community .   However, I don’t quite *get* the usefulness of nurse-ins are in general in…

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