Here is this week’s list of blog posts and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
Why I am Raising My Child to be a Feminist and Why I think You Should Too via danarel. Readers who have raised or who are raising kids, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this article. Did or are you consciously raising your kids to identify as [fill-in-the-blank]?
If Only Once, If Only for a Little While. This is a tearjerker. I’ll leave it up to my readers to discover why.
In Transition to Independent Living, the “Dignity of Risk” for the Mentally Ill. I don’t actually think this is a good idea, but it was intriguing to see how a man living with a severe mental illness coped with his newfound independence.
From Ashes in My Pine Tree:
This morning my doorbell rang and I found an old woman on my porch who announced herself with the phrase “Good morning, I’m about to ask you the strangest question you’ll be asked all day.”
Just for the record, if you’re trying to spark my interest that intro is a pretty damn good way to do it.
She then proceeding to hold up a big ziploc baggie full of ashes and asked if I would mind if she laid her mother to rest in my front yard. Yes, you heard me right, she wanted to spread her dead mother’s ashes on my seldom mowed lawn.
I am a Bacha Posh: My Life as a Woman Living as a Man in Afghanistan was a heartbreaking read.
Sometimes girls living in Afghanistan assume a temporary male identity so they can work to support their families. Their hair is cut, their names and clothes are changed, and for a few years they are thought of as boys because girls in their culture have so little freedom.
The problem is that eventually they are forced into living with the same heavy restrictions that apply to all of the other women and girls. It’s incredibly difficult to transition from all of the freedom they experienced as children to having so many limitations placed upon them at puberty.
Some women fight back against it. This is the story of one woman who did just that. I think all of my readers will really enjoy it.
What have you been reading?