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Music

Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Seattle Style

Local punk favorites Wimps released their latest record, an EP entitled Super Me, this month available on cassette and digital download. This release spurred me creating a whole Spotify playlist featuring local bands, all of them featuring women. Seattle seems to be the hotbed of awesome music lately beyond your Death Cabs. 

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Perspectives

Birth. Stories. Horror. Power.

Stories matter. They are one of the fundamental ways in which we learn. In pregnancy and childbirth, “horror stories” are to avoided. To be ignored. To be drowned out by the empowered. Why does empowerment need to come at the exclusion of a whole spectrum of knowledge?

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Perspectives

Breaking Dawn and Birth Trauma

Yes, that Breaking Dawn. The one by Stephenie Meyer.

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny is Drinking MRA Tears

Raise your hand if you’re mad as hell at the Supreme Court right about now. Yup, thought so. To find out who else you should be mad at this week, let’s take a look at the rest of the news. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)

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Perspectives

Birth. Trauma. Rape. Compassion. Healing.

Last time I put my first birth experience into words, I had been sitting at the top of our stairs. It was some time after 5am. I hadn’t slept at all and instead, I was watching the sky change colour through the skylight. I had a pen beside me and an old envelope, I think. […]

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny 2: Abortion Boogaloo

It’s been an abortion-palooza across America! Let’s take this one shitty state at a time. (Trigger warning for discussions of abortion, rape, and incest.)

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Ten Fingers And Ten Toes

Where to begin? 

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News

News in Africa: 01/24/2013

Happy Thursday, fellow Persephoneers, and this means another round of news from Africa! After the jump, I’ve got updates on the conflict in Mali, AU decisions, and women’s rights. I’ve also discovered an enterprising entrepreneur, and of course, there is a bit about the Africa Cup of Nations. Let’s jump right in!

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Perspectives

Birth. Trauma. Rape. Compassion.

[Editor’s note: Trigger warning for frank discussion of sexual violence.] In less than three months’ time, my son will be five. It will be five years since I gave birth to him. Five years since my husband and I cried with joy as he was laid on my chest. Five years since one of the […]

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Sex

Ask Malyshka: Sex after Baby

Dear Malyshka, Okay, I’m not sure how forward or revealing people have been in writing you for advice, but I’m about to get really personal here. I hope that’s okay. I know you’re not necessarily a sex advice columnist, but maybe you can help me out here anyway.

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Bodies

So, You Want to Be a Doula

Congratulations on your new path! Doula work is very challenging, rewarding, and life changing. For over 5 years I taught childbirth education and worked independently as a birth Doula. I wandered into the profession at 22 years old and quickly became a very busy birth attendant in the little town where I lived. I left birth work […]

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Parenting

Natural Childbirth: Tips for Surviving a Vaginal Beat-down

Carol Burnett describes the pain of childbirth as something akin to a woman’s lip being pulled up and over her head.  Another Carol, Ross’ ex-wife in the sitcom Friends, expresses a similar opinion, describing the birth process as nothing less than pushing a watermelon out of your nostril.

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Parenting

Oh, the Joys of Pregnancy and Childbirth (psych!).

So many of my good friends and family members are pregnant or have just had babies recently. My little dude is 18 months old, and it seems like just yesterday I was sitting on a cold table at the OBGYN as an ultrasound tech squirted warm goop on my belly and told me I was […]