Today I started to study this classical work by Barbara Duden: a fascinating analysis of our culture’s preoccupation with the visible, i.e. everything that can be witnessed, measured, controlled and interpreted. With regard to pregnancy the consequences are unreflected but severe: the disembodiment of women. Historically women’s experience of pregnancy was fundamentally different. A must read!
It keeps astonishing me that this is not a headline every day: “800 women died today when giving birth”. “Today again 800 women died when giving birth.” They die because basic care provisions are not available to them. Watch this movie by the White Ribbon Alliance that informs us about this.
Triggered by an interview with Margaret Atwood in the Dutch newspaper NRC I went looking for more information on the political power of her work. Women use the ‘Handmaid’s’ outfit from Atwood’s 1985 book ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in their protest against the Pro Life (‘Reversing Roe’) movement and against the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. I found that the New York Times has documented news, commentary and articles on her work here. A lot of interesting reading material for political care ethics!
An interesting research on the consequences of a yelling or verbally agressive mom: the child develops high blood pressure and long term stress. Click here for the English research and here for a Dutch interview with the researcher. At the end of the interview the researcher raises most relevant questions Continue reading “Yelling mom and baby’s blood pressure”