The important stuff that fills my days: a husband, a daughter, a cat, a full-time job, an identity that is still my own despite being a married mother, a desire to explore all that I can, and a standard late afternoon craving for key lime pie.

I'm probably a little older than you are.

And I wanted a scrapbook to keep some of the things that strike me.

1st April 2011


Spoiled Milk: An Experimental Examination of Bias Against Mothers Who Breastfeed (.pdf file) →

I’m still breastfeeding my 13-month-old. The results of this study are not surprising to me, but they sure are depressing.

It should be noted the subject group was comprised of 30 college students. Maybe a larger and/or more diverse group would yield different results.

Tagged: breastfeedingfeminismmotherhoodmothers

1st April 2011


Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work

1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks.

2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone.

3. If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her.

4. If you are in a lift and a woman gets in, don’t rape her.

5. When you encounter a woman who is asleep, the safest course of action is to not rape her.

6. Never creep into a woman’s home through an unlocked door or window, or spring out at her from between parked cars, or rape her.

7. When you lurk in bushes and doorways with criminal intentions, always wear bright clothing, wave a flashlight, or play “Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)” by the Raveonettes on a boombox really loud, so women in the vicinity will know where to aim their flamethrowers.

8. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If it is inconvenient for you to stop yourself from raping women, ask a trusted friend to accompany you when lurking in shadows.

9. Carry a rape whistle. If you find that you are about to rape a woman, you can hand the whistle to your buddy, so s/he can blow it to call for help.

10. Give your buddy a revolver, so that when indifferent passers-by either ignore the rape whistle, or gather round to enjoy the spectacle, s/he can pistol-whip you.

11. Don’t forget: Honesty is the best policy. When asking a woman out on a date, don’t pretend that you are interested in her as a person; tell her straight up that you expect to be raping her later. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the woman may take it as a sign that you do not plan to rape her.

In other words, the best way to prevent rape is to not rape anybody.

Tagged: feminism