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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

It's Carnival of Feminists time again!

It seems that only yesterday the Carnival of Feminists was but a wee sprite, but time does fly. Today, the Carnival is up to its 15th edition — and quite the edition it is!

If you're unfamiliar with the Carnival of Feminists, it's a twice-monthly compendium of the best fenminist posts from around the web. This time around the Carnival's hosted and compiled by Holly at Self Portrait As, and you can read it in its entirety here.

As usual, though, I have some Carnival excerpts for you, this time from the section, 'Motherhood and Reproductive Rights':

Sunday was Mothers Day in the US. History News Network provides a history of the War against Mothers Day, which actually "originated to celebrate the organized activities of women outside the home."

Paula Martinac of Dementia Blues ("Funny/sad ruminations by a baby boomer on having two parents with dementia") writes about mother/daughter friendships: "maybe there is a generational thing going on - that baby-boomer mothers have fostered different relationships with their daughters than they had with their own mothers. Indeed, maybe there's a healthier and more enlightened approach to parenting among baby boomers that allows daughters to grow into adult friends. Imagine that!"

Miliana encourages some very reductive scientists trying to determine, based on a sampling of 29 graduate students at UC Santa Barbara, how women determine whether a man will be a good long- or short-term lover and/or father, to Put The Theory Down Gently and Back Away From This Idiocy Slowly....

And, did you know? Russia's population is in decline. Commenting on a plan by Mad Vlad Putin to encourage Russian women to bear more babies, Twisty Faster asks, "Gosh, was there ever a social crisis that couldn't be solved by governmental commandeering of women's uteruses?"

Apparently not. Because meanwhile, back in the US, embarrassed by the appalling child mortality rate (seven deaths per 1,000 lives births, a rate higher than that of almost all industrialized nations) in the world's richest, greediest country, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new federal guidelines asking that "all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves -- and to be treated by the health care system -- as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon." Rebecca Traister of Salon's Broadsheet offers a spot-on analysis of this astonishing article in the Washington Post. As Traister points out, the crappy infant mortality rate has something to do with our crappy healthcare system, and has a racial component: "The infant mortality rate among black women is 13.5 per 1,000 live births, as compared with 5.7 for white women." But hey! Someone has an idea! Instead of fixing broken healthcare and economic systems, let's tell women to think of themselves as wombs with legs, all the time....

There's a ton more, on a variety of subjects, if you go look at the rest of the 14th Carnival over here.

The 16th Carnival is coming up on Wednesday, June 7th, and it will be hosted by Welcome to the Nut House. So far, no theme has been announced. To nominate a post, — and it's definitely okay to nominate one of your own — use this submission form at the Blog Carnival home page.

And if you want to keep posted on what's up with the Carnival of Feminists in general, bookmark the home page.

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