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I reject both gender fundamentalism and gender anarchism

Transgender individuals make up less than 1% of the population but they’ve been inspiring a lot of fear and anger. In my view that’s the result of inappropriately conflating gender and genotype. Gender fundamentalists insist that genotype (chromosomes) and gender (identity) are ALWAYS the same. They believe that this justifies excluding both trans women and […]

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Explosive new report on the UK Campaign for Normal Birth

Earlier this month, Gill Walton, head of the Royal College of Midwives, apologized for the RCM ‘Campaign for Normal Birth’ that has harmed so many babies and mothers. Why now, more than a decade after grieving families began complaining, billions of dollars after multiple payouts for dead and brain damaged victims, years after multiple reports […]

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Is natural mothering a religion where “Nature” is God?

Natural mothering is a cultural pre-occupation of both the Right and the Left. Consider the lifestyle of fundamentalist mothers: every moment of the day consumed with child and family care. From homebirth to homeschooling, from growing her own food to baking her own bread, from extended breastfeeding to rejection of conventional medical care, women are […]

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Breastfeeding researchers ignore WOMEN in favor of their preferred narrative

Breastfeeding research is a complete and utter joke. Why? Because breastfeeding researchers ignore their OWN findings. Case in point: An exploration of pregnant women and mothers’ attitudes, perceptions and experiences of formula feeding and formula marketing, and the factors that influence decision-making about infant feeding in South Africa. Breastfeeding researchers set out to show that […]

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Lactivists and natural childbirth advocates are agents of the patriarchy

One of the worst aspects of patriarchal societies is that women are often pressured to meet male desires by being told it will “empowering” them. We see it, for example, in the health moralism around weight: Every woman is still expected to torture her body into the male ideal of thin, lithe and cellulite free, […]

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Why did UK midwives promote normal birth? Medical imperialism.

Why did UK midwives campaign for normal birth? Why did they continue to promote it despite an ever rising death toll? The felt — and some still feel — duty bound to bring unmedicated vaginal birth to the benighted women who don’t understand its value. They are practicing a form of medical imperialism. The UK […]

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Royal College of Midwives finally apologizes for its deadly Campaign for Normal Birth

Literally hundreds, if not thousands, of babies and mothers died because of the Royal College of Midwives Campaign for Normal Birth. Finally, FINALLY, the Royal College of Midwives has apologized. In todays Times of London: The head of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) today apologises for its part in promoting “normal” births that contributed […]

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WTF is wrong with lactation “professionals”: Ukraine edition

Pardon my language, but what the fuck is wrong with these people? How can they be so so patronizing, so sanctimonious, so cruel? In the face of the growing humanitarian disaster caused by the Russian invasions of Ukraine, the Lithuanian Lactation and Breastfeeding Consultant Association issued this appalling statement (Facebook translation): ! IMPORTANT ! ! […]

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Marsden’s Mendacious Mansplaining: the “optimal” C-section rate

Earlier this week, by rescinding and abolishing C-section rate targets, the UK finally acknowledged two things we have known for decades: 1. there is NO optimal C-section rate 2. C-section target rates lead to preventable DEATHS Why did anyone think that there was an optimal C-section rate? Because of Marsden’s Mendacious Mansplaining. In 1985 Marsden […]

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UK: Cesarean targets are dead!

It’s tremendous vindication of everything I’ve been writing for years … but tragically it has come too late for literally thousands of babies, mothers and families. The Times of London article title says it all: Baby deaths force end to NHS targets for natural births. The subtitle contains the inevitable kicker, “Maternity units have been […]

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