The Day Someone Came To Kill All The Women

Over at BlogHers Act Canada, we usually focus on two broad sets of issues: the environment and family health. This week, one of our writers opened up a discussion on something that has nothing to do with saving trees or cutting carbon emissions, and that is only tangentially related to health, but something that nonetheless demanded attention for the simple reason that we're women. And for women, the issue of hatred directed violently toward women always deserves and demands our attention. ...more

Have Yourself An Eco Little Christmas

If there's a time of the year during which it's hard to be green, this would be it: the holiday season is a season of consumption. There's just no getting around it: regardless of what winter holiday you celebrate, you invariably spend December (and, if we include Thanksgiving, November) (and if you're Canadian, October) eating and drinking and shopping and eating and drinking and eating and did I mention eating? And odds are that you're not sticking to your locavore diet (because, my god: eggnog without rum?), and not restricting your shopping list to locally made goods. ...more

I'm with Alison - We re-use gift bags made of holiday fabric, year after year. My grandmother ...more

Green And Pink And Political All Over

Yesterday was - how do I say this without risking profound understatement? ...more

"Women's Health" Is Nothing: Try Putting Air Quotes Around A Middle Finger

The other week, when John McCain got all dismissive about women's health during the presidential debate and kept waving his fingers around making sarcastic air quotes - or, as Jon Stewart correctly referred to them last night on The Daily Show, "dick fingers" - I thought that my head was going blow off. "Women" use "health" as an excuse to get abortions? This is something that the "extreme pro-abortion movement" uses as a ploy to promote abortion? "HEALTH"? ...more

 I was shocked when he did that in the debate but I guess it all caught up with him Obama ...more

Why Denis Leary Sucks

Is it just me, or does it seem that every time a celebrity (or politician: coughJOHNMCCAINcough) opens his or her mouth about anything related to health or parenting, they say something stupid? ...more

I used to like Denis Leary...until I learned he stole his entire act from Bill Hicks (Google it ...more

Our Bodies, Our Selves, Our CHILDREN'S Selves

It's Love Your Body Day. That's a good thing, and, also, a very, very sad thing. ...more

Dancing with your child is a great way to love your body without having to say anything about ...more

Changing The World, One Blog At A Time

We tend to be pretty quiet up here in Canada. You'd hardly know that we have an election coming up, for example. Nor is it obvious that we spend a lot of time worrying about things like the environment and our children and when the hell the Stanley Cup is going to take its rightful place in Toronto. (I kid! It would also look very nice in Vancouver!) You'd hardly know that we can get pretty gung ho about causes. Which is why it's time to remind you all about BlogHers Act Canada. ...more

I was scrolling down and happened to notice something about the cup in Toronto, and as a ...more

Because Sometimes, Those Storks Make Crash Landings

This just in: childbirth can be traumatic. ...more

When will people ever realise that for some women childbirth is much, much more damaging ...more

One Hundred Miles To Better Health

I gave birth six weeks ago. Since then, I've lost a lot of the baby weight. Partly because the baby that I was carrying was so huge that his expulsion from the womb represented a massive weight loss, and partly because I've hardly been able to eat anything since he was born, what with his unremitting need to be held ALL THE TIME HOLY HELL. Hardly anything but cookies, that is, and maybe the odd bagel or two. Which, you know, is not the best post-partum diet. ...more

There is sure a lot of adjustment when a baby comes along.  So my tip, as cliche as it ...more

For The Love Of Children: Help Us With The China Earthquake Effort

Every time I open the newspaper or click open a news feed these days, my heart breaks. Breaks. War, crime, natural disaster: there's always something. And in recent days in particular, with the death toll in Burma climbing while authorities there continue to stymie aid efforts, and now the earthquake in China... I can barely stand to open the newspaper or follow the news links because I know that I'm going to have to hold my breath and press my fists to my eyes to keep from crying. ...more