Category Archives: Activism & Women’s Rights

VOTE AMERICA #KeepAmericaBeautiful

It’s been a long time since my last post. I have traversed three states along with several countries, navigated the passing of two family members, and find myself back where everything started in New York City.

Today, I am sitting in the newly created Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center at Manhattan College. The center is an inclusive space designed to centralize resources, support, and advocacy for students having experiences related to gender, sexuality- including sexual assault prevention and gender justice. Each Tuesday from 2-4 at Kelly rm 203, I will be bringing a bit of the Museum of Motherhood to the campus and sharing information on mother studies.

Today is an IMPORTANT DAY – today America VOTES!

When anxious friends tell me they are upset with the current political environment, I respond with the following, “educate yourself and others, vote, be kind to your neighbor.” 

I’ve been teaching Codes of Gender this semester at MC and it couldn’t be a more timely class or a more important topic. I’m hoping to get the course material online over the holidays, but meantime, here is a poem from one of my students and a few photos from around town, including the fabulous “Body” show at Westbeth Gallery. Now…. get out there and let’s #MakeAmericaColorful

Also, a reminder that there is a current CFP for the Annual Academic MOM Conference, to be held at MC this year April 6-7. If you are an academic, student, health-worker, artist, or activist in the area of childbirth, birth trauma, and healing and think you’d like to submit, the link is here: https://mommuseum.org/conferences/

Photo taken at the Westbeth Gallery Legacy Fatale “Unbound Feminisms and Territorialities” The Queens Museum, 2016. Legacy Fatale is a performance art group: http://www.legacyfatale.com

Long Way To Go
Laura O’Neill

The plight of women has been a long one.
Giving life to men who have no empathy ain’t fun.
The first wave of feminism began in 1920.
But it’s been almost a hundred years, and we still can’t get equal money. All women have faced the struggle.
But black women have faced it double.
Sojourner Truth had to plead with her white sisters, to see her as a woman. Looking back, our history can seem quite inhuman.
The battle is far from won when it comes to binary options
It’s time to throw away all your presumptions.
Radical feminism may seem intense.
But when a man gets paid a $1, Latina women earn just 54 cents. Heteronormativity can keep people from living their best life.
Most women have big dreams, more than just a wife.
Cis humans have to make being an ally a priority.
And eventually love and acceptance will be the majority.

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Aside

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE MUSIC OF MOTHERHOOD 2018!

Mothering and music are complex and universal events, the structure and function of each show remarkable variability across social domains and different cultures. Although mother studies and studies in music are each recognized as important areas of research, the blending of the two topics is a recent innovation. Continue reading

Today We Fly! And, Yes This Is Yoga ❤️

Today we fly. 

Actually, tonight we fly. 

Actually, by the time this post is up we will have flown. 

London calling!

Zena Marpet, JFK

We departed New York at 8:30pm. Excited. Slapping high fives, giddy pre-flight. Tucked into our seats on Virgin airlines we sipped our Bloody Marys, gorged on movies, and wriggled under blankets for the seven and a half hour flight.

JFK – view from the terminal

We touched down safely at four-thirty AM in the morning EST, groggy and faint. Now the adventure begins.

And yes, Michelle and Terry, our hosts in London, have pioneered a new form of yoga called “Fierce Grace” which is hot yoga that incorporates music, movement, and the shattering of stereotypes into a rigorous studio experience. 

They want to challenge the notion that yoga is for perfect people, in perfect bodies, living totally serene and groovy lives  (which you probably could have gleaned from the picture here).

Fierce Grace Yoga

Zena and I attended Michelle’s class tonight, after 2 hours of sleep and nothing but a bagel to eat since leaving New York. We sweated buckets and are knackered beyond belief.

It has been twenty-four jam-packed hours since we took off. Good night sweet friends. Wow, are we gonna sleep well for the first time in two days!

Tomorrow is Royal College of Art. I’m appearing as part of a panel and giving the keynote at 10:00 AM.

For those of you who are on this side of the pond, I hope you will join us for a fascinating day-long symposium which aims to bring together medics, academics and artists to explore women’s rights and needs during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. 
3rd June. Royal College of Art, London 

https://www.oxytocinbirthingtheworld.co.uk

I hope you’ll tune in from time to time as I share bits and pieces of the next 45 day journey that will take me from NYC, to London, to Italy, to Scotland.