On My Mind, 02.28.11

by Rachael on February 28, 2011

What a weekend! I actually got my hair cut! My husband punched a panda! We both went to a reading by several of my Writers Studio colleagues and friends! I finally got a copy of Feminist Mothering* by Andrea O’Reilly!

Yeah, about that panda. I’ve met the artist, Nate Hill, though at the time he was not in panda costume, but rather dressed more like this (a milkman?). Punch a panda? I don’t get it. But then I remembered what I tell my writing students who say that they “don’t understand poetry”: Don’t worry about understanding or not understanding. A poem is an experience! Just pay attention to the voice!

Don’t worry about understanding or not understanding: that just might be a good motto for many, many things.

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A couple more art and poetry links: First, via Blue Milk, the girl who loves to levitate.

“We are all surrounded by social stress as we are bound by the forces of earth’s gravity,” Natsumi says when asked why she took on the series. “So, I hope that people feel something like an instant release from their stressful days by seeing my levitation photos.”

Yes. I completely get it. And second, at Summer Pierre Headquarters, a quotation from an interview of poet Elizabeth Alexander by Krista Tippett of On Being.

So actually, it was with my first child and nursing in the middle of the night and being, of course, so tired, but also wonderfully unguarded. I found that actually being that tired was fantastic for my poetry because I had no filters. You know, I’d have the baby in one arm and it would be three in the morning and I’d write some things down on any scrap of paper. I just grabbed the time I had.

Just grabbing the time you have — I get that, too.

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At PhD in Parenting, Annie posted a beautiful video on nursing in public as a feminist issue. And at Nursing Freedom, Lauren offers a mix of gentle and witty responses to have in mind, should someone voice objections to your nursing in public.

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Finally, via PunditMom, Amanda Marcotte wonders at RH Reality Check if the media is finally grasping that the anti-choice movement is not just about abortion, but about limiting a whole range of women’s choices:

Anti-choicers realize that if they make their arguments about sex and female liberation, and especially if they attack contraception overtly, they lose.  Contraception is just too mainstream and too popular, and 95 percent of Americans have premarital sex, making the anti-choice view (roughly, strictly controlled sex within heterosexual marriage should be the only legally sanctioned sex) a form of crankery that surpasses even theories that the moon landing was faked or that 9/11 was an inside job.  But by fronting on fetuses, anti-choicers get taken seriously in the mainstream media, and have been able to get to a point where they basically control the conservative movement.  And lately, with victories on both state and federal levels, they’ve been feeling invincible. Which led where hubris often does, to overplaying your hand and exposing your true self to the public.

Have they really overplayed their hand? I hope so, but I also doubt so.

* Link provided for information only; I am not affiliated with SUNY Press.

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Seonaid February 28, 2011 at 8:21 PM

I love those levitation photos! I will spread that link love.
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