Quick links: What I’m reading

20 July 2011 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

I’m waiting on the book Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives from the library, but meanwhile I thought this Lisa Belkin–even though she normally aggravates me–preview (not really a review) of it was intriguing.

Beyond intriguing, into downright uplifting, is this piece about one hospital’s attempts to lower the c-section rate.

For another project–not specifically birth-related, but pertaining to a seminar I taught this spring and am teaching again this fall on women’s studies in the developing world, I came across this discussion of women’s choices–namely, education vs. childbearing.

Finally, oddly related to that, yet also coming from another univerrse entirely (perhaps the universe of the really aggravating), there’s this Erica Jong piece. Uh, yeah, I do proudly “wear one’s baby in a man-distancing sling and breast-feed at all hours so your mate knows your breasts don’t belong to him.” This is not my terminology, obviously–I might say “baby-hugging” instead, but that’s of course the difference in point of view and emphasis here. And, uh, yeah, my breasts do not belong to my “mate,” male or female, but rather to me, and how I choose to use them, for these few short years of my baby’s life when he can take milk and comfort from them, is my own business. Go ahead, read the whole piece and join the aggravation.

–Christina

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