Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and the Curious (Links)

Things that made me happy, sad, and perplexed, feel free to add to the list in the comments.

The Good

  • Republican Representative Maureen Walsh's speech to the Washington House supporting gay marriage:

  • Over at Good Enough Mother, the black mother of a biracial daughter talks about getting a call from her 72-year-old mother-in-law asking her, "Uh Hill, are you going to raise the baby Black or White?" Her question was to determine which doll to buy in the store, and the fact that she was considerate enough to ask a question about race when she didn't know the answer rather than being too uncomfortable to approach it inspired the mother. She reflects on her own childhood dolls that were often white and made her feel "a little like the nanny" because she didn't relate to them. It made me smile because it reminded me of a wonderful birthday present my daughter got from a  great family friend: a biracial doll that came from Pattycake Doll

"Even if home birth was a real option for a segment of the population in the US, we still need to work on improving hospital care and outcomes! Fewer women would be opting out of hospital births if they didn’t feel their births would be overly medically managed to the point of introducing new risks from medications and surgery. Hospitals have much to offer in terms of emergency care, and a lot less to offer a low-risk mom who would prefer a birth with few interventions."
The Bad

  • Santorum says that women women in the front lines of combat concern him because of "other types of emotions that are involved." Elsewhere, he had this to say about prenatal testing:
"One of the mandates is they require free prenatal testing in every insurance policy in America," Santorum said. "Why? Because it saves money in health care. Why? Because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done, because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society."
  • The Huffington Post reported on "Thinspiration" blogs, anorexia-promoting blogs that are popular among some groups of teenage girls. 
  • Some infant formula has tested with arsenic levels up to six times higher than is allowable in drinking water, prompting some to call for arsenic regulations in food, which currently don't exist in the U.S.  

The Curious

  • The American Life League has a (in my opinion, hilarious) video demonstrating Planned Parenthood's real agenda of hooking kids on sex through the "gateway drug" of masturbation and cartoon penises. (Video probably NSFW.)

What have you been reading lately?

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