Oct 102007

Welcome again to the just post roundtables. The list just keeps growing and growing thanks to you who are submitting links to posts about social justice every month. This month you might want to have a whole pot of tea (or maybe a bottle of water) next to you before you start reading, there are so many interesting posts.

For my introduction I planned to write something positive because I was so impressed by Hel’s introduction to the August Just Posts. Well, the post I wanted to write didn’t work out so I’ll just hop on the waggon of the “League of Maternal Justice” who has been posting a montage of pictures of nursing mothers (and their babies) to protest against the notion that breastfeeding in public is obscene.

When I heard about the whole broohaha with facebook and the banning of pictures I thought, “This is so typically American”. On I went to look for the topic in the German blogosphere. And what did I find? Nervous mothers asking whether it’s okay to nurse in public, a story about a breastfeeding mother being asked to leave a cafe, tips of putting a blanket over yourself and the baby, and such. Still, a mother sitting in a restaurant feeding her baby without incident isn’t much of a story. Judging by my own experience I’d say that it’s very rare to encounter weird reactions when you breastfeed your child in Germany. I have nursed my son about everywhere, on trains, in restaurants and cafes, in the woods, wherever he happened to be hungry and I could find a place to sit down. Nobody ever gave me the feeling that I wasn’t welcome.

I very much hope that the notion that breastfeeding is somehow obscene will soon become totally obsolete and so I virtually join ranks with those mothers who still do nurse:

And now to all the other subjects big and small that have prompted bloggers to write about this month:

Alejna with Squandered and A Post for Burma
Ally at Zone Family with Rainsong
Andrea at A Garden of Nna Mnoy with The Green Family: All right, Ms. Smartypants, what am I supposed to do then? and Frances Friday: Faith
be present be here with love and truth
biodtl at I am the Master Evil Genius with No Childs Left Behind and Hungry
Blithely Babbling with The Value of the Victim
Blog Antagonist with Solicitation and A Gift To Yourself
BlogHers Acts Canada
A Commonplace Book with Why Republicans Could Win the White House in 2008
Casdok with Have a Rant on Me
Cecileaux at Shavings off My Mind with What is to be done
Chris Jordan with The modern mother
Christine at Running on Empty with I’m all worked up!!
crazymumma with Untitled, Marina and Mussolini and snowbirds/airshow
DC Metro Moms Blog with An Open Letter to the Presidential Candidates–from a Mom
Feministing with Fired pregnant woman was told to suck in her belly
Fortune and glory after a cup of coffee with “Paranoia strikes deep ….”
Her Grace with He may move slow but that don’t mean he’s going nowhere
Ijeomaublogcreativity with Sneak preview…. and More Food for Thought
Ismail Farouk with GreYeo: Community Based Internet Communication in Yeoville and Apartheid, The South African Mirror: Instuments of Racial Classification
It’s Not a Lecture with Facebook’s Worst Nightmare, part II
Jangari of Matjjin-nehen for Woolies and Welfare, Indigenous language education and indigenous rights, and UN votes on indigenous rights
Jenandtonic with Naked, naked, naked LOVE!
Jen M at Get in the Car with her Philanthropy Thursday series

Jen at One Plus Two with Brother Can you Spare a Dime, This is how it starts (jumping off), Jump, Shelter-(ed), Door to Door, Chasing Tails
Jen at Under the ponderosas with I’m an environmentalist/I’m not an environmentalist
Jenni of Girls for Glaciers with War is not healthy for children or other living things
KC at Where’s My Cape with The Good Influence and Moral Spin, Mortal Sin
Karen at Needs New Batteries with Places I Love
Kellee Terrell at Pop Gumbo with Justice with a snap and Jena 6 protests: the media finally gives it airtime
Kelly at A Child is Born with Fuck off Facebook and Bill Maher
Kevin at Life Has Taught Us with Hip Hop Justice, or Yet Another Story You Haven’t Heard About
Kevin Chanas with The Deadliest Item at Your Grocery Store
Latoya Peterson at Racialicious with The Gentrification Shuffle
Lawyer Mama with On Becaming a Lawyer and Facebook Sucks
Liv with something wonderful happened today
Marcella Chester with Sexual Violence in the Congo
Maria Niles on blogher with Learning the lessons of Ugly Betty: real women have curves
Mir on blogher with Everything I never wanted to know about breasts I learned from Facebook and on WCS with Our job is to teach them to suck it up
Mouse with Global Warming Wednesday Haiku for bak to school
Mrs Chili of Blue Door with Ten Things Tuesday (or Ten reasons why I’m an outspoken GBLT advocate/ally)
Painted Maypole with family values, Easy Philanthropy Thursday and Activist Philanthropy
PeterAtLarge / The Buddha Diaries with Acts of Courage: Burma and War
Pundit Mom with Iraq War Solution by Pundit Girl
Rachel’s Random Ramblings with Protests in Burma
Radical Mama with Watch Me Point Out the Obvious
Roy at No Cookies for Me with Can I be a feminist?
Sagefemme with Will this be on the exam?
Shelly of Girls for Glaciers with The Elephant in the Room
Stumbling and Mumbling with Unions and Inequality
Susanne at Creative Mother Thinking with Mommy guilt is not personal and Wiping with cloth
Thailand gal with Are ideas dangerous
The Assimilated Negro with Clowns run Klan out of Knoxville
The League of Maternal Justice
Third Story with September
Thordora with Out of suffering have emerged… and When I Cry
Under the Mad Hat with Little Green
Wayfarer Scientista with October 2007 Scientiae Carnival
Where ever ewe go there ewe are with Sunday Front Page

Givin’ the nod


Thank you very much to those who participated and as always please hop over to Mad, Jen and Hel to see what they are saying about social justice this month.

  9 Responses to “September Just Posts”

  1. I love that photo!

    Thanks for coordinating these. The list grows ever longer, which is a wonderful thing.

  2. Today, I was in a small room full of women and their little ones at the local library reading session. One woman’s baby began crying and she sat on a bench to breastfeed the child. It’s so natural, how could any one think it obscene?

    I was the only male over the age of four; the mother did sort of glance my way now and then.

    I don’t have a problem with it, but I’m always mindful of mothers who do.

  3. It boggles the mind that breastfeeding is even an issue.

    Beautiful photo of you my dear. My breastfeeding days are long over, but oh how I did enjoy them.

  4. Thanks to whoever gave my post the nod! 🙂

  5. I also love the picture of you.

    The subject is one close to my heart, I truly wish we lived in a world were a breatfeeding mother is seen as a thing of beauty.

    For me it symbolises an unconditional bond betwee mother and child.

  6. Wow, that list looks like it was a lot of work – good job.
    The whole idea that anyone could object to breastfeeding is just baffling. I’ve only had a negative reaction once and I’ve breastfed in public A LOT.

  7. I love this collection of photos that is emerging. Thanks for this post.

  8. love your new picture! 🙂

    I am loving reading about everyone’s breatfeeding experiences, so I hopped on the bandwagon and wrote my own!

  9. This makes me determined to find the one breatfeeding picture i have and to post it.

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