politics

The elephant in the womb

The elephant in the room flashed with a neon light A glaring glow, a warning of a plight. Ignored so long, in the florescent gloom, hidden in plain sight, The elephant watched quietly, all through the night. The elephant observed an awful lot of fright, The cries for help, for relief, from contractions that bite. …

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Diplomacy, politeness and the underlying threat

The Poem ‘want a positive birth? say please‘ was inspired by the frequent advice related to how to write a birth plan, that suggests you be polite, positive.  And not adversarial. The scene is set: clearly birthing is Us vs Them.  And there is no shortage of horror stories. The purpose of the birth plan, …

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Is snow clearing sexist?

How ingrained is the male default?  Is it filtering into AI? Check out this news story about sexist snow clearing, which asks these questions. It got me thinking… where else does the masculine default impact the abilities of women? Where else could a simple re-ordering not only improve experiences for women (without impacting the default greatly), …

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