I haven’t updated this blog in about nine months. Guess what I made since then? A new baby!
I don’t currently have any plans to revive Reproductive Rites, but just in case there’s anybody still getting this feed and wondering what happened to me, here’s where you can find me these days:
* I wrote a book: Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year
* I’m continuing to edit this website: Pagan Families: Resources for Pagan Pregnancy and Birth
* I’ve started blogging for the Bay Area Doula Project and I still occasionally blog for Good Vibes, which moved it’s blog to a new URL and sadly lost images and some formatting in the move.
So, I’m still writing about feminism, spirituality, and baby-making. I’m just not doing it here anymore. If you missed me, please come find me in one of my current haunts!
Since posting about posting I haven’t really felt much like posting. While I figure out what that’s about, why not check out some things I’ve enjoyed reading?
- Rough Boys on the Playground. “Finally, the other little girl with us stepped between Serena and the boy. She stopped him with her body and said in a loud, firm voice, “She asked you to stop. Please leave her alone.””
- Because Boundaries Are A Bad Idea. “Don’t tell me that toddlers need boundaries. Boundaries are a bad metaphor, especially where young toddlers are concerned, because most things counted as boundaries would be better conceived as positive expectations.”
- Ancestor Work. “I feel deeply connected with mothers everywhere. A million stand behind me, having birthed and raised their babies before I had my own.”
- Mangala Gouri Puja, or how to practice as a feminist. “Even with daycare and formula and more technology freeing up the physical labor needed to sustain life and a household, women remain the only ones who can bear children. Let me tell you, that is hard work! So all of that is to say that I fully understand that men have more freedom to explore their spiritual path than do most women.”
What have you read recently that made you stop and think?
Cherry Hill Seminary has announced the fall course schedule. I’ll be teaching Contemporary Global Paganisms. Will you join us?
|Contemporary Global Paganisms
C5121Taught by: Sarah Whedon, Ph.D.
Mondays 8:00 PM ETOpen to master’s and certificate students; others may audit with permission of instructorEarns 3 unit hours for certificates
Earns 3 credit hours for degrees
Non-matriculated students earn no units/credits
|This survey course will introduce students to the wide variety of Paganisms being practiced around the world. We will challenge scholarly definitions of Paganism and our own personal ones by attempting to trace common threads between many disparate traditions. Students will familiarize themselves with both popular and scholarly descriptions of contemporary Paganisms, then explore the Internet and their local communities to gain first-hand experience with traditions not their own. In these encounters, we will deal with issues of cultural appropriation versus appropriate cultural borrowing and consider Paganism’s position as a consciously (re)constructed, combinative religious path. A final project will allow students to synthesize their knowledge in a comparison of Paganisms that supports the unique thrust of their ministerial paths.Required for all Master’s degree programs.Please note that the required Modern Paganism book can take several weeks to arrive! If unavailable from Fields Books or Amazon, it can be ordered from the publisher at http://www.abc-clio.com/ in print or in an e-book edition. Non-US students, contact the instructor if you have difficulty ordering this book.Required TextsAdler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today. Penguin, 2006 revised & updated edition. ISBN 143038192.
Strmiska, Michael, ed. Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives (Religion in Contemporary Cultures). ABC-CLIO, 2005. ISBN 1851096086
An academic Pagan Studies book of the student’s choice, to be chosen after the semester begins.
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It’s Reproductive Rites’ first birthday!
Since I wrote my first post I’ve learned a lot about blogging, about myself, and about the topics I write on. Reproductive Rites has connected me with some very cool people. Most recently, writing this blog gave me the courage to start Pagan Families.
Thank you to my readers, whether you’ve been here rooting for me from day one because the best friend contract says you have to, or you found me sometime in the last year and liked what you saw.
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We walked in the San Francisco Pride parade this weekend. Weeks ago we checked out A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea at one of our weekly library visits, and ever since Bridget has called all parades Pig Parade. She doesn’t seem disappointed that they never have any pigs, though.
After trying out a few toddler-sized explanations of why we were walking in this particular parade, I settled on this: We’re in this parade because we think it’s okay for anybody to love anybody else. When she gets older we can add more explanation, like how it’s possible that anyone would disagree.
If you watch this video very carefully you can see me in a red hat, walking at the far side of the street starting around 10 seconds. Bridget’s in the baby carrier and I think she’s actually nursing! (Bridget’s dad is more difficult to spot, but he’s there.)
I was warned not to expect summer weather in San Francisco this time of year, but at least last week we did have some summer here.
A few weeks ago Bridget happened to be nursing as we were arriving at the Free Farm Stand* which sets up right outside our community garden. I don’t remember what the volunteer who greeted us said about her nursing, but I know I replied without giving it much thought, “That’s the most local food of all!”
Since then I’ve been giving it more thought. Is breastfeeding a locavore choice?
La Vida Locavore seems to think it is. Assuming that the person who is lactating is eating a locavore diet, breastfeeding is certainly consistent with making food choices that reduce the consumption of resources in pursuit of social, economic, and environmental sustainability, .
On the other hand, I didn’t make the choice to breastfeed because I try to eat locally. I chose to breastfeed because I thought it was the healthiest way to feed and nurture my baby.
I’m curious what you think. Is breastfeeding locavorism or is it silly to call it that?
*I took this week’s Free Farm Stand blog pix with my phone, so yes, that’s Bridget checking out the carrots.
You should go right now and bookmark Niki Whiting’s new blog My Own Ashram, where she’ll be documenting a year of diving deeply into four consecutive spiritual paths, yoga, Feri, Christianity, and place. Her first post just went up today, and I’m sure the rest will be thought-provoking and inspiring.
Niki is a mother and a student of theology who wrote a guest post here at Reproductive Rites about parenting and privilege. If that’s not enough she’s also a contributing editor at Pagan Families, with a new post up today about the perils and pleasures of naming babies. I wish her all the best with her new project and plan to be reading along.
My contributor’s copy of the winter 2011 Feminist Collections has arrived in the mail. I’m quite pleased that its “Round-Up 4: FaceBook, Podcasts & Twitter in Women’s Studies” includes my short essay on using FaceBook in the women’s studies classroom. I really wanted a way to share the success of an assignment I’d developed and then Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources gave me a forum. If you teach or research in women’s studies it’s worth checking out this publication from the Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office at the University of Wisconsin, filled with book reviews and information about various women’s studies media.