Topic: labor

Why Feminism Must Be About More Than Careerism, ‘Leaning In,’ And The Glass Ceiling

Why Feminism Must Be About More Than Careerism, 'Leaning In,' And The Glass Ceiling

There’s been a lot of discussion as of late about Sheryl Sandberg‘s bourgeois and somewhat apolitical version of feminism, Lean In. It seems like everywhere I look, the feminist discourse has been taken over by discussions of the ways in which women hold themselves back at work, how we need more women at the top, why Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer won’t call herself a feminist, etc. As a feminist with some serious socialist leanings, I am mildly annoyed by this, but I’m also kind of happy, because it gives me a chance to discuss how and why feminism must go beyond talking about how the most privileged women should be allowed to self-actualize at the highest levels possible, to the issues that concern that vast majority of the female workforce. More »

Are You Afraid of Childbirth?

Are You Afraid of Childbirth?

I am. It’s a combination of being scarred by one of those Miracle of Birth videos in high school (I went to a school that taught abstinence and used scare tactics) and having friends who have given birth and shared their stories in wincing detail, but I am definitely terrified by the notion of ever giving birth. Luckily, there’s a word for that: tocophobia. And I don’t think I’m the only one who has it. More »