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Trump Towers | Crappy Living
This is just the most lovely heartfelt and gutsy writing.

"To my delight, my children have amazingly few categories in which to place themselves. They pick up a doll or a truck without asking who it is ‘for’, they build things and play fairies, they wear what keeps them warm and makes them feel good (not always the same thing, naturally). They are not girly girls or tomboys, or pretty all the time. They talk about the people they know with words like brave or kind, not short or skinny, and ‘funny’ is the greatest compliment they know how to give. They catch tiggers by the toe. They think ‘historic’ is a good thing.
This hasn’t happened by accident, of course. My shields have been up since the day my first daughter came home from hospital, dressed in grey with a little yellow hat, courtesy of the NHS.

Forget what they tell you about womanhood. For 10 years at work, arguing with the police and the council, negotiating with the hopeless, the dangerous, cleaning up human shit from the floor of my office – i was soft. Now, for my children, I am hard. My shields are titanium. Disney princesses, dieting, make up ads, creepy comments – they ping off my force field in all directions. All the time. Aaaalll the time.

My children made me selfish, and i definitely didn’t care. I wanted their privilege to be utterly, utterly unexamined, for God knows i had examined mine enough, i thought.
crappyliving  parenting  childhood  innocence  motherhood  gender  patriarchy 
6 weeks ago by oddhack
the female assumption - book about motherhood
The Female Assumption is a raw and honest look at becoming a mother and the pressures on women to reproduce. I couldn’t put it down. Mother of 3, Melanie Holmes interviewed mothers from all over to accurately portray what happens behind the curtain of motherhood. She also includes the stories of women who have consciously chosen to not be mothers. This book is a well-balanced pros and cons list for either path, and a reminder that whatever you decide for yourself is the right choice. Every young woman should read this. — CD
margo  gifts  motherhood  parenting 
9 weeks ago by davidvan
How Invisible Work & Sacrifices Affect Working Moms
Claire was one of the thirteen working moms we interviewed. Despite having a supportive partner, she felt as if she wasn’t doing as much as she could at home. And despite making weekly business trips…
parenting  motherhood  work  life 
10 weeks ago by bradbarrish
ladybusiness | Guest Column: Where Have All the SFF Moms Gone?
“People say motherhood is isolating. I thought they meant physically, like having a kid makes it hard to get out of the house. But what I find isolating is the feeling that no one wants to hear about it.”
womanhood  fantasy  sciencefiction  womenswork  motherhood  representation  YAlit  women  fiction 
12 weeks ago by Felicity
(((Leah Donnella))) on Twitter: "Last night I was SUPER stressed so I called my mom. Her advice: Make a list of everything you have to do. Take a hard look. It only gets worse from here. You don't have kids yet. Your prize at the end will be the knowledge
Last night I was SUPER stressed so I called my mom.

Her advice: Make a list of everything you have to do. Take a hard look. It only gets worse from here. You don't have kids yet. Your prize at the end will be the knowledge that most people who deserve recognition don't get it.
parenting  career  advice  motherhood  humor  anxiety 
september 2018 by dirtystylus
If you've been wondering why I fell off the face of the earth/Twitter the last few months...
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august 2018 by walecain
Why Choosing Single Motherhood Still Means Breaking All The Rules
Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe, was featured in this article.

Then, she began preparing. Robinson opened a “motherhood” savings account, and researched the best countries to give birth in. She’s also leveling her blood pressure, changing her diet, losing weight, seeking dental care, and practicing yoga to strengthen her core and her pelvic floor — parts of the body integral to pregnancy and childbirth. “You plan your career. You work your ass off,” says Robinson. “I’ve never operated from a place of helplessness in any other part of my life. Why would I do that with this?”
evita-robinson  allison-yarrow  single-motherhood  unpartnered-motherhood  motherhood  single-mothers-by-choice 
august 2018 by yolandaenoch

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