BBC Dad and Professionalism

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There has been a lot of talk about BBC Dad, good and bad. I’ll say up front that I found the video hilarious on first viewing, and it only got funnier with subsequent viewings. All of it just seemed, simultaneously, so very relatable as well as too good to be true. So, I want to focus on those who are saying that either the father wasn’t being a good dad, or that he was being unprofessional. Two sides of a crappy parenthood coin. When the video first came out, perhaps a little bit after the initial laughter died down but […]

Snow Day, But Don’t Tell Anyone

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A decent bit of snow is predicted to start falling tonight and into tomorrow morning, most likely resulting in school closures in my city, including my son’s preschool. On days like this, or when kiddo is sick or otherwise on break, my husband and I have a typical shared setup: I take the morning off from work to stay home, and husband comes home a little after noon to take the afternoon off from work. It works well for us, and we each get at least a half day of work in. I had some meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning, […]

Libraries are Radical

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Libraries are safe spaces. We welcome anyone and everyone, regardless of belief, political leaning, or economic status. So why are librarians expected to be politically neutral? I recall a conversation I had with a group of female colleagues in my library about the Art+Feminism¬†Wikipedia event in March. Supposedly, one of the women had mentioned the event to our boss, who wondered if using the word “Women” instead of “Feminism” would feel more welcoming. I immediately recoiled from the thought.As the oldest woman in the room (although not by a lot) I felt a bit stodgy, but stood my ground. Our […]

TMI

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Bodies, Feminism, Pregnancy

Women’s bodies are mysterious and gross according to Western cultural taboos. You would think that in a female dominated profession such as librarianship, these topics would feel less threatening to discuss when necessary, but in the drive to act more like men in the workplace (a common mistake among well-meaning feminists) we’ve simply devised new devices¬†to hide our biology: tampons, menstrual cups, breast pumps. I admit that I’m as guilty as anyone of trying to hide my biology most of the time, and I won’t argue against the freedom these devices give to women. Sometimes, it’s impossible to hide your […]

Why I Worked on A Day Without Women

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Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and as a result of 45’s* election, women around the country have started to agitate for change. After the Women’s March in January, the creators wanted to demonstrate the value of women in work, thus declaring March 8, 2017 the first “Day Without Women.” The Women’s March website provides options for all women: Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways: Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and […]