Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue

This blog has mocked the notion of “Excellence without Money” as the guiding meme of universities these days, because excellence has a price, and a price that can’t be paid without actual money.  (It’s like all of those people who tell you that “breastfeeding is free!”  These people must never have breastfed a child and/or … Continue reading Supporting women’s work with money is a feminist issue

“Maternal Solicitude,” or, how to avoid both infanticide and suicide!

From the very first paragraph of Mary Watkins’s Maternal Solicitude, or Lady’s Manual (New York, 1809), h/t to my graduate student, Clarissa: WHEN a mother does not nurse her own infant, she, in many instances, does violence to nature; a custom unknown among the most polished in the purest ages of Greece and Rome.  The … Continue reading “Maternal Solicitude,” or, how to avoid both infanticide and suicide!

Libertarian “feminist” to actual feminists: stop whimpering like a bunch of p*ssies!

Why is it that Libertarian “feminism” is only expressed as criticism of any kind of feminist activism?  Take Cathy Young, for example—please!  Here she instructs us that “letting ideologues dictate the boundaries of acceptable speech on a large area of the Internet is a very bad idea.”  OK–that’s an interesting point, right?  The problem is … Continue reading Libertarian “feminist” to actual feminists: stop whimpering like a bunch of p*ssies!

The breast milk "cure:" how can something so miraculous and cheap be resisted by women worldwide?

Nicholas Kristof asks, “What if nutritionists came up with a miracle cure for childhood malnutrition? A protein-rich substance that doesn’t require refrigeration? One that is free and is available even in remote towns like this one in Niger where babies routinely die of hunger-related causes?  Impossible, you say? Actually, this miracle cure already exists. It’s … Continue reading The breast milk "cure:" how can something so miraculous and cheap be resisted by women worldwide?

Historiann tells all! (And too much is sometimes plenty.)

I don’t quite reveal it all, but I’ve been invited to write recently for peer reviewed journals about the non-peer reviewed world-wide time-wasting blogosphere and my playground here, Historiann!  I know, friends:  Whodathunkit?  And who really cares? First of all, readers will find an answer to this question at least if they click on over to Common-place to … Continue reading Historiann tells all! (And too much is sometimes plenty.)