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May 2014

Circumcision and ethnocentrism

Feminism, Parenting, Social Justice By May 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

intactivism

I am an intactivist. For those who don’t know, that means I oppose routine infant circumcision and all forms of genital cutting performed on minors without medical necessity (this goes for male, female, and intersex children). It does not mean I oppose circumcision in general, it just means that I believe strongly that the only person who has a right to make that choice is the person the procedure is being performed on.

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Vertical gardening

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, DIY, Gardening, Home cooking By May 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I love the idea of vertical gardening! Grow as much food as you can in as little space as possible. This is an important concept for people and the environment as populations become more urbanized and we have to put the brakes on shipping food from long distances to reduce the amount of global warming, asthma, and cancer causing pollutants we put into the only atmosphere we’ve got.

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4H

Educational Activities, Parenting, Social Justice By May 26, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

4H

When Elijah was born I knew right away I would never put him into Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts were not inclusive, and for all I knew Elijah might be gay. More than that, I didn’t want to support an organization that was bigoted towards LGBTQI people. It just doesn’t match up with our family values. Even now that they have made the move to allow gay scouts in the program, I am still offended at their refusal to allow LGBTQI troop leaders, as if they think anyone who doesn’t fit into their narrow gender/sexuality binary is a child molester.

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Can urban homesteading feed the world ?

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, DIY, Food Producing Animals, Gardening, Home cooking, Social Justice By May 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Recently I read this article at Grist and while I liked some parts, I disagreed with much. It argued that urban farms and homesteading were unlikely to do much in the quest to feed an ever growing, ever urbanizing, ever globalizing population, but it might provide some kind of educational benefit or something. Their arguments make sense, if you go into it assuming that everything else they talk about is the right way for things to be. Personally, all I could take away from it is that they were focusing on the wrong problems. This is why intersectionality in environmentalism is so important.

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To all the judgey moms at the play ground

Community, Feminism, Parenting By May 13, 2014 1 Comment
Dear Mom On the iPhone, I see you over there on the bench, messing on your iPhone. It feels good to relax a little while your kids have fun in the sunshine, doesn’t it? You are doing a great job with your kids, you work hard, you teach them manners, have them do their chores. But Mom, let me tell you what you don’t see right now….. Your little girl is spinning round and round, making her dress twirl. She is such a little beauty queen already, the sun shining behind her long hair. She keeps glancing your way to see if you are watching her. You aren’t. Your little boy keeps shouting, “Mom, MOM watch this!” I see you acknowledge him, barely glancing his way. He sees that too. His shoulders slump, but only for a moment, as he finds the next cool thing to do. Now you are pushing your baby in the swing. She loves it! Cooing and smiling with every push. You don’t see her though, do you? Your head is bent, your eyes on your phone as you absently push her swing. Talk to her. Tell her about the clouds, Mommy. Tickle her tummy when she comes near you and enjoy that baby belly laugh that leaves far too quickly. Put your eyes back on your prize…Your kids. Show them that they are the priority. Wherever you are, be ALL there. I am not saying it’s not ok to check in on your phone, but it’s a time-sucker: User Beware! Play time at the park will be over before you know it. The childhood of your children will be gone before you know it. They won’t always want to come to the park with you, Mommy. They won’t always spin and twirl to make their new dress swish, they won’t always call out, “WATCH ME!” There will come a point when they stop trying, stop calling your name, stop bothering to interrupt your phone time. Because they know… You’ve shown them, during all of these moments, that the phone is more important than they are. They see you looking at it at while waiting to pick up brother from school, during playtime, at the dinner table, at bedtime….. I know that’s not true, Mommy. I know your heart says differently. But your kids can’t hear your words, Mommy. Your actions are screaming way too loudly. May our eyes rest upon those we love, first and foremost, and may everything else fall away in the wonderful, noisy, sticky-fingered glory of it all.  Disclaimer - this blog post was written by 4 little Fergusons.

Dear Mom On the iPhone,
I see you over there on the bench, messing on your iPhone. It feels good to relax a little while your kids have fun in the sunshine, doesn’t it? You are doing a great job with your kids, you work hard, you teach them manners, have them do their chores.
But Mom, let me tell you what you don’t see right now….. Read the rest here

By now I’m sure everyone has seen this meme going around Facebook, everybody passing it along with statements like “So True!” and “This will never be me again!”  I read it and felt pissed.  Oh great, another thing I’m being judged for at the park.  And anywhere else where mom’s judge each other, which is pretty much everywhere.

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If I should be murdered

Community, Social Justice By May 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

As horrible and grim as it sounds, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about if I should be murdered. Particularly, if I am ever nabbed by a stranger and murdered.

I don’t know what the odds are that this will ever happen. I assume it is pretty low. I know the odds of it happening to a child is 1 in 1.5 million. To put that in perspective, the odds of dying as a result of a routine infant circumcision is 1 in 100. I’m not sure if an adult’s odds of being kidnapped and murdered by a stranger are higher or lower than a child’s, but surely it is not that much off.

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So much to do!!

Uncategorized By May 6, 2014 No Comments

It’s a week before Mother’s Day and I’m doing something very brave.

I am planting my plants outdoors.

This is brave because in Colorado the best bet for last frost is Mother’s Day.  Planting stuff before last frost in Colorado can be asking for trouble.   But, I’ve checked the weather for the week and I feel like it’s probably going to be pretty safe.  Fingers crossed, knock on wood, and all that jazz.

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Why I write about intersectionality

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Feminism, Social Justice By May 3, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

Some people think it’s odd that I keep a homesteading blog in which I write about seemingly non homesteading related topics so frequently.  Feminism, parenting, education, body image, paleo lifestyle, etc.  I find it impossible to talk about homesteading without addressing the issues that homesteading intersects with.

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