Very interesting. Nothing like a glimpse into the day-to-day difficulties and injustices of women in another culture to make you appreciate just how well off we are here. We still have some work to do in the states in the areas of equalities and civil liberties…….but clearly we take the freedom we DO have just a little bit for granted.


Excerpts from my forthcoming book Seeing Like a Feminist (Penguin India/Zubaan Books).

Have you heard of ‘nude make-up’?

This is what it is:

‘Nude makeup looks are all about your skin looking fresh and dewy, without looking like you’re even wearing any makeup. All you need is eyeliner, mascara, nude lipstick, and a highlighting blush that will give your skin a natural-looking glow.’[1]

The whole point of nude makeup clearly, is to spend hours painting your face in order to make it look like you never touched it at all.

The maintaining of social order is rather like that. It requires the faithful performance of prescribed rituals over and over again throughout one’s lifetime. Complex networks of cultural reproduction are dedicated to this sole purpose. But the ultimate goal of all this unceasing activity is to produce the effect of untouched naturalness.

When one ‘sees’ the world like a…

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What is up with all the breastfeeding hate lately?

What is up with all the breastfeeding hate lately?.

Noticed this just after I finished cleaning up my pump for the night.  As an actively nursing mom, I am always pleased to see a rational and positive comment on breastfeeding.  While I think that perhaps some of the more militant “nurse ins” might perhaps be getting more negative than positive results, I do applaud the efforts to underline the issue.  Nursing women are not assaulting anyone with their breasts.  We are not engaged in lewd or licentious behavior.  We are, in fact, simply feeding our children.  I don’t see anybody declaring moral outrage at the sight of bottles in use at restaurants, malls, or any other public places.  The only difference between the bottle being used by the woman in the next booth and the breast in mine is that mine comes pre-warmed and attached.   Each of us is doing what we need to in order to care for our child.  Due to the current fashions, you will likely see far more skin exposed  in a random glance around you than you will on us.

Equality According To Bill Maher

While I generally consider Bill Maher to be the Bill Shatner of humorous political and social commentary, I must say I am square on with him on this one.



Even pompous, big giant heads can make a valid and just point. 🙂