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Friday, April 3rd, 2009
11:03 am
Sorry - missed membership requests
I'm sorry I have not been online for some time and I missed some membership requests that have now expired. If those people would like to re-request, I'll action them straight away.
Thank you.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
1:47 pm
I came across these magnetic words for children at Amazon, aimed at children from 4 and up. They're like magnetic poetry - a bunch of single words on magnets designed for writing sentences, letters, poems or whatever on your refrigerator or other magnetic surface of choice.

Like with almost everything aimed at children (hello Tesco with your blue and pink English school dictionaries!) they come in a boy's version and a girl's version. I am amazed and dumbfounded at the differences between the word sets.


clothes, hairband, heart, love, sparkle, perfume, beads, necklace, furry, lipstick, ribbon, handbag, want, glitter, fairies, fluff, candy, flowers, wings, sherbet, bubbles, sweets, pink, make-up, skipping, magic, dancing, ballet, bunnies, rainbow, ladybird, lemonade, stars, sky, shoes, chocolate, doll, party, secret, diary, hair, jewels, princess, queen, tiara, ice-cream, teddy, music, sunshine, birds, butterfly, sugar, angel, diamond, cooking, friends


boots, glue, monster, scary, bones, racing, moon, helicopter, aeroplane, tractor, money, lorry, wizard, conkers, frogs, sticks, mud, dirt, spiders, snails, stones, bubbles, sweets, flags, magic, pond, string, grass, rugby, bug, dogs, caterpillar, cobweb, worms, dinosaur, dragon, bike, scooter, forest, treasure, climbing, swinging, skeleton, running, ghost, trees, swimming, lawnmower, treehouse, blue, football, chocolate, car

Reviewer C. Hurley "Zoonie" had it spot on and said everything I wanted to, but more succinctly and with more humour:
I was so pleased when I found this list of primary, targeted words guaranteed to widen every little princess's vocabulary just enough for her to play with and absorb these crucial messages which will help her form the limits of her intellectual boundaries in years to come.

Thank goodness the set excludes any complicated words like Doctor, or Car, or Career, or heaven forfend: Reading. We don't want our little ones to get silly ideas in to their heads. The right social conditioning from as early as possible will present the world with compliant, self absorbed, distressed, depressed and anorexic teenagers who are all the more willing to spend, spend, spend on hopeless diet cures, makeup, hidden, guilt ridden chocolate (one of the special words placed here!) and anti-depressants which will really make life worth living.

I particularly like the pink packaging, covered in stars. One might, startlingly, have thought that the words list had basic references to Astronomy in but thank goodness, those fears were allayed straight away as I eyed up the list of words envoking fantasy parties of frills and ruffles, endless Disney Princess re-runs and a future of anorexia driven depression and body hate.

Well done, Indigo worldwide limited, for creating such a wonderful gift, to help shape a bright future for your little one.

Is this what they mean by 'starting them young'?

Crossposted to personal journal, feminist_fury, feminist_rage and Feminist Mums.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
7:25 pm
Calling Feminist Mothers
I have been left in charge of a blog I am a contributor to named Mothers For Women's Lib. The point of it is to be a group blog for biological, adoptive, step and foster mothers who are also feminists, but it has ground to a halt after a shaky start a couple of months and now I am looking for new contributors.

So if you are a feminist and you have kids, I’d love to hear from you. You can either become a permanent contributor or an occasional submitter, whichever you would prefer to be.

If you don’t fit the criteria, I’d really appreciate it if you’d spread the word anyway. There is a serious lack of resources for feminist parents outside of LiveJournal and I believe a blog which addresses the unique issues which affect women who are both feminists and parents would be very useful in filling this gap.

Thanks for your time! :D
Sunday, May 11th, 2008
2:12 pm
 A happy mother's day shout-out to all the feminist mamas!  Hope you're all feeling appreciated, today and every day.
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
5:02 pm
My son (two years eight months) and I read a lot, especially at bedtime. I'm getting really wound up by the general offerings of children's books, the vast majority of which have male protagonists, or if they have female protagonists they are 'stereotypical' girls, which is rather irritating. I'm looking for children's books which are feminist, feminist-friendly or which portray independent women in a favourable light, to counter the male-oriented stories which are generally available.

So far I have on my 'to buy' list:

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
Spacegirl Pukes by Katy Watson
Don't Bet On The Prince by Jack Zipes
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

So really I'm asking for recommendations or sources for woman-friendly children's literature, aimed at any age group (because you can never have too many books, and I like to be prepared).

Thanks in advance!

Cross-posted to feminist, alternparents and feminist_parent.
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
9:27 am
Bizarre new kids' book "My Beautiful Mommy"

""My Beautiful Mommy" is aimed at kids ages four to seven and features a plastic surgeon named Dr. Michael (a musclebound superhero type) and a girl whose mother gets a tummy tuck, a nose job and breast implants. Before her surgery the mom explains that she is getting a smaller tummy: "You see, as I got older, my body stretched and I couldn't fit into my clothes anymore. Dr. Michael is going to help fix that and make me feel better." Mom comes home looking like a slightly bruised Barbie doll with demure bandages on her nose and around her waist.

The text doesn't mention the breast augmentation, but the illustrations intentionally show Mom's breasts to be fuller and higher. "I tried to skirt that issue in the text itself," says Salzhauer. "The tummy lends itself to an easy explanation to the children: extra skin and can't fit into your clothes. The breasts might be a stretch for a six-year-old."

The book doesn't explain exactly why the mother is redoing her nose post-pregnancy. Nonetheless, Mom reassures her little girl that the new nose won't just look "different, my dear—prettier!" "

What the hell kind of message is this sending out??
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
9:02 pm
Books & resources
To get the ball rolling, how about some suggestions for feminist reading material on pregnancy and parenting?

I'll start, although to be honest I try to stay away from parenting guides of any sort. These are a couple I read when I was pregnant: The Rough Guide to Pregnancy (aka Up The Duff) by Kaz Cooke; and Promiscuities by Naomi Wolf. I also read Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph, which is not feminist exactly, and a bit simplistic, but he does make some excellent points about dealing with little boys (such as they need just as much cuddling as girls) but other bits you really have to take to take with a very large grain of salt (a boy is going to be scarred for life if put in a nursery before the age of 3).
7:58 am
Hello and welcome
Welcome to your feminist parenting community.

Play nice now! ;)
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