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Yes!!! These comtraptions are such big business right now & so ridiculous, too. I think it also encourages new moms/moms-to-be when they see another mother just nursing her baby without covering up & making the act of nursing a baby into something that needs to be covered up & hidden away. We need to be able to feed our babies without carrying a tarp with us wherever we go.
"Hooter Hiders"?!?! Says it all, really...these are sex objects. Isn't sex supposed to be in "private"? Seems people cannot fathom they are as precious to a baby's survival as they are a source of delight and pleasure in our culture.
I never covered when breast feeding. A couple of times though, people I cared about were shocked and uncomfortable in the presence of my exposed breast feeding. Their comfort mattered to me. I took it into consideration.
Thank you. I love your advice.
I just want to add (as a former teacher) that STOP should definitely report what her former teacher is doing to the school principal- along with forwarding the dick pics and texts. Most importantly it gives the school a warning to keep an eye on this teacher and his interactions with other students. His inappropriate behavior may express itself differently with other kids. I would not assume he does not/will not act on the same sexual impulses with other more vulnerable underage kids.
Very beautifully written, Meghan.
That's terrific advice. I'm a sixty year old woman whose fondest childhood memories are roughhousing with my dad and brothers. I do think it helped me develop a more adventurous and confident character.
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This is such an important piece of work that these females are producing. Comedy is a fantastic avenue to bring attention to social issues as so many male comics - the better ones - have done. When George Carlin and Richard Pryor tackled tough subjects for their audiences, they were equally shunned and applauded, but they were noticed. Their routines are legendary now and revered. These females should be given the same attention by critiquing and gaining a lot of press whenever they present their work. They are cutting-edge wonderful and deserve a lot more focus on larger stages and arenas (dare I say a regular spot on Comedy Central?) There's hella more room on tv than simply having Mindy Kalling's presence and the constant self deprecation that has become the common landscape for female comics. (Note: Don't get me wrong: I love me some Mindy, but she's only as 'cutting-edge' as mainstream tv allows her to be. It's not that long ago that Margaret Cho tried similar topics and was quickly booted from this male dominated avenue - so I applaud the shit out of her work).
There's this ridiculous standard of half-glass-emptiness about female comics and what the public either desires or can tolerate. Comedy clubs won't book more than like one female comic on the same bill or allow them to be hired more than one time a month - or year. The club owners claim that they won't fill the seats like male comics do. It's the same old boy's mentality that keeps the culture as small minded as Lakshminarayanan makes fun of when she dares to cover the topic of attending M.I.T. The culture-at-large will not heal without allowing their type of brave material to shake things up. It's kinda that simple. 'The Formula' is one cure for this ill we all suffer from: misogyny. It is the leading cause of death for all of us socially, psychically, and for many females - literally.
Thank you for writing this piece Sam Levin! Good on you for taking notice as well as *getting it*.
What a great story. You shared with your child your true LOVE OF MUSIC, not the boring necessity of practice, practice, practice. And by seeing your love of music, he got the message, and his heart strings began to resonate with yours. However, not all parents can have the time to practice Thus, I do not fault those parents who force their children to play an instrument. The benefits of even forced practice can be everlasting. IT SURE BEATS VIDEO GAMES!
Good lesson here!
Bravo. Eat your heart out, Starbucks. This is how it's done.
We got profiled like that all the time in Sacramento. I hated it because intuitively, I knew that it was not the city as much as ignorant people who came to the city from places void of black presence, who may have been mistaken that Sacramento would be also. But it is not. My advice is that you never travel to anywhere hoping that you will only have to deal with your own reflection.
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