Heh. I’ve got a few great posts to point you to this week that should dispel that notion pretty quickly.
My friend Stephanie at Lawyer Mama has a few things to say about a policy Google has that isn’t very helpful when it comes to reproductive rights in countries around the world — Google has been restricting ads for abortion services in a variety of countries while at the same time fighting to be able to scan published books to make them available in the spirit of connecting people around the world with as much information as possible:
I suspect that Google began restricting these ads to appease some cultures and make it easier for Google to operate in certain countries. Google was probably trying to avoid controversy. But by restricting reproductive health care service ads, Google may as well be making a moral judgment for women in those 15 countries. If Google is supposed to be dedicated to making information more accessible, then doesn’t its restriction of abortion service ads directly contradict its purpose? to reproductive rights in third world countries.
Darryle at I Never Signed Up for This … is pondering end of life care that so many want to call “death panels:”
To me this issue boils down to the question of quality vs. quantity of life. And I believe we are entitled to direct the path of our own lives—-including the choice of how to end them. I support anyone who wants to prolong life as long as possible—for whatever reasons. For me, assuming I develop Alzheimer’s before there’s a cure, forgive me for saying— the decision would be a no-brainer. I want an escape before my family is forced to experience my mental decline. I would choose to determine— with my rational mind —the point at which I believe my dignity would outweigh my death.
And the often irreverent and controversial Penelope Trunk from Brazen Careerist has some serious fodder following her recent miscarriage. If nothing else, Penelope is brutally honest when it comes to work and women. While many were apparently offended, I found her posts on having a miscarriage at work both startling and refreshing:
I think what really upsets people is the topic. We are not used to talking about the female experience, and especially not in the context of work. But so what? We can start now. The female experience is part of work. What we talk about when we talk about work defines how we integrate work into our lives. If work is going to support our lives, then we need to talk about how our lives interact with work. We need to be honest about the interaction if we hope to be honest about our work.
For those of you who still think “mommy” bloggers just write about toddlers and tuna fish, check back again next week. I promise I’ll have plenty more food for thought from more amazing women (who also happen to be mothers) in the blogosphere.