links for thought, May 2013

Labouring Language: The Changing Vocabulary of Childbirth,” OxfordWords, Katherine Connor Martin

Expectant parents don’t generally have a lot of spare time for idly perusing the dictionary, but if they did, they would find that the vocabulary of the event they joyfully anticipate has undergone significant changes over the centuries. Consider, for instance, the verb to deliver.

Our Love/Hate Relationship with the Term ‘Mommy Blogger,’” The Broad Side, Gina Masullo Chen

In my study, women reported that they felt the term mommy blogger came with an implied “just” before it — you’re “just” a mommy blogger, as if being a mommy blogger were less than any other type of blogger. The fact the mommy blogger defines the blogger – not what she writes about – raised particular ire. Women noted that other blog types are defined by the subject matter of the blog, not by the writer. For example, technology bloggers blog about technology; political bloggers discuss politics. Mommy bloggers don’t write about mommies.

Poverty Poses a Bigger Risk to Pregnancy Than Age,” Sociological Images, Philip N. Cohen

When it comes to parents’ age versus social class, the challenges are not either/or. We should be concerned about both. But addressing the health problems of parents — especially mothers — with less than a college degree and below-average incomes is the more pressing issue — both for potential lives saved or improved and for social equality.

I Am a Boy Every Day,” Feminist Pigs, Jane Ward

Having Yarrow in community with other children has brought tremendous joy to our lives.  And it also means that our window is now open for the world—with all its heteronormativity and gender binarism—to send its ideological tendrils into our living room.

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One Comment

  1. Amy
    Posted 21 June 2013 at 5:46 PM | Permalink

    Love the article about language of birth! Thanks for sharing

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