Lindsay Dahl

Organizer/Writer/Blogger/Activist working on issues relating to the environment, health, women and politics. Blogging on issues ranging from toxic chemicals, health, food, feminism, short stories, book reviews and more. 

By Day ::: I'm the Deputy Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families a national coalition working to protect American families from toxic chemicals. www.saferchemicals.org

By Night ::: writer at www.lindsaydahl.com

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. ...more
Thank you for sharing this info. I agree with the massive public health necessity of vaccinating ...more

Is Equality in Marriage a Sexual Turn-Off?

Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb's NY Times Magazine article, "Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?" shares sociological studies examining “Egalitarianism, Housework and Sexual Frequency in Marriage,” which posit that as couples become equal breadwinners and caregivers, the satisfaction they gain from sharing the chores is somehow dampening their desire for each other.  One study claims: “The less gender differentiation, the less sexual desire.” In other words, in an attempt to be gender-neutral, we may have become gender-neutered."  Is she right?...more
Interesting article. It makes you wonder what other dynamics are going on. If there are more ...more

The Stigma of Hearing Loss

Stigma is a very tricky thing because it works in multiple ways. First, there is the actual stigma assigned to a condition. So a person with mental illness, for example, is considered by many to be undependable, unstable, and not capable of functioning well. In this case, the stigma is in the minds of the people judging the person with mental illness. But stigma also works in the minds of the people with mental illness who are being judged. They are part of society as well and have absorbed the same attitudes and biases as the rest of us. So they apply the stigma they've learned about mental illness to themselves; they buy in to the ways in which the stigma defines them. They also perceive that others are stigmatizing them and sometimes that's true and sometimes it isn't. ...more
I really appreciate this post! I come from a family who struggles with hearing loss (at a young ...more

Joining NaBloPoMo This November? Add Your Blog to the 2013 Blogroll Now

If you're posting for NaBloPoMo every day in November, add your name to our 2013 blogroll to share your work and enter to win prizes! Just fill out the NaBloPoMo Blogroll Form. Make sure you've selected NOVEMBER, and only submit your blog once, please. It may take up to 24 hours for your blog to appear on the list. The November blogroll is open until November 5. After that point, no new blogs will be added. ...more
I just singed up... eek! Is there a shared hashtag? #NaBloPoMo?more

The Other Side of the Weight Spectrum: Being Too Thin

This is not a pity party. I am relatively healthy, of sound mind (albeit occasionally debatable). I love myself, I do. I practice self worth in front of my girls, never complain about my [under]weight. I am happy and free and in love with my body in front of them. Oh, I can give the performance you've never imagined. But inside my head? Ugly. Skinny. Tittyless. Meatless. You're always cold because you don't have enough meat on your bones. No one wants you. Your husband is pretending. Your girls are destined to follow the skinny path. Make them some potatoes. ...more
I love the honesty in your post. I go back and forth in the same way, you can't win for losing. ...more

BlogHer '13: A Good Problem to Have -- Any Suggestions?

Hi everyone, As we prepare to hold our ninth annual BlogHer conference in Chicago, I wanted to bring this community up to speed on a particular challenge our event is facing this year. I've learned you all have terrific advice, and am hoping this is one of those times where you can help develop a solution. ...more
I'm new to this issue, so perhaps this is a helpful perspective. I find attending smaller off ...more

What I Heard Sheryl Sandberg Say at BlogHer '13

One of the challenges of our instant-expert culture (or instant-shallow, depending on how you look at it) is that almost every message turns into a whisper-down-the-lane game. As an idea or event gets amplified, it loses all its complexity, often becoming a cartoon character of itself: the bigger it gets, the less dimension it has. ...more
Thanks for this post Stacy. I have to admit her Q&A felt thin to me, but I appreciate your post! ...more

Mind the Store: Female Consumers Demand Fewer Chemicals

One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Target, of all places. My mom would buy a small popcorn as a little treat and while she pushed the cart through those long red aisles, I got to munch on a salty snack....more
@NatureMom I agree, I think they will. How can they ignore a fired up group of ladies?! :)more

An "Epic" Film About Environmental Concerns

What really goes on in a forest? And why should we care? Is a forest just a bunch of creepy vines, trees too tall to climb, and annoying insects that bite and sting? Or is it a place where Nature works the magic the Earth needs every day to keep our world going strong?...more
Fun, excited to see this film! I am a sucker for kid's movies :)more

Drink Green: Organic and Fair Trade Wines

I love to drink wine of all sorts and I’m open for wine tasting with friends anytime. I don’t ordinarily buy organic or Fair Trade wine, I’ve tried a few but our local stores don’t offer much of a selection. I’ve also seen wines that claim to be "ethically produced", whatever that means. I just figured fair trade and organic wine was merely greenwashing, just another marketing ploy. And what about the price? Isn’t the production of organic wine going to be more costly?...more
Great recommendations!more