Bandaids Ain’t Options: Freezing Eggs and Facebook

Early last week, Facebook announced that it would be adding egg-freezing as one of its newest benefits for its women employees, a move that has eyebrows raised. Read More Bandaids Ain’t Options: Freezing Eggs and Facebook

This Week in Misogyny is a Wee Bit Less Stabby Than Usual

After all, most state legislatures and Congress are on holiday, so they aren’t writing laws about my uterus this week. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of other misogyny in the news! (Trigger warnings apply for just about everything.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is a Wee Bit Less Stabby Than Usual

Ask Dr. Susan vs. Ask Dr. Laura ““ Anybody who doesn’t stay at home with their kids is evil. Let’s be sanctimonious together!

Once again, I’m going to be tackling some advice that Dr. Laura has given (taken from transcripts on her website), and look at it from a different, less awful perspective.

If you would like some similar not-awful advice, ask me! I am all-knowing. Except when I’m not. But mostly-knowing.

This week’s shame-fest:

“Hi, Dr. Laura. I don’t get to listen to you very often because I work at a child care center during the days you are on the air. I just want to let your listeners know there is no replacement for mom and dad. No other person will treat, nurture, guide or give your moral values to your children better than yourselves.

I had to get a job, so I chose to work at a child care center. My lunch break was to pick up my children from school and bring them back with me. I still raised my children. Remember most or a lot of the child care workers are young with no children and no experience. We certainly don’t get paid much either. I’m not saying they don’t care for your child, but NO ONE can do it like mom or dad. Please get a smaller house, a less expensive car or just tone things down, so a PARENT can stay home and raise their children.“ Read More Ask Dr. Susan vs. Ask Dr. Laura ““ Anybody who doesn’t stay at home with their kids is evil. Let’s be sanctimonious together!

Women in Academia: Making Life Easier for Parents

Last week, I got a barrage of emails asking me to fill out year-end surveys about the various campus programs and initiatives. After several years working in psychology labs and seeing both how important surveys are and how often they are ignored, I have developed an intense guilt complex surrounding my interactions with surveys: now, I fill them all out. One them asked me to report my experiences and awareness of various family support programs, and I was surprised by how little I knew about them. Read More Women in Academia: Making Life Easier for Parents

Ladyguide: Trapped in a Room Full of Children

Say you’ve chosen to supplement your income by substitute teaching. Perhaps you’re left in charge of the nursery at church. Maybe you drew the short straw at the family reunion, and instead of shotgunning Budweisers with Uncle Frank, you’re in charge of everyone else’s offspring while they’re shotgunning Budweisers with Uncle Frank. Persephone has your back. Read More Ladyguide: Trapped in a Room Full of Children

Fasten Your Own Oxygen Mask First

I remember reading the oxygen mask instructions on my very first flight at five years old. You’ve probably seen them yourself, the “in case of emergency, fasten your own oxygen mask, and then assist those around you.” Read More Fasten Your Own Oxygen Mask First