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Mother’s Day for the Rest of Us: What Mamas Need Can’t Be Found in a Greeting Card

Shanelle Matthews with her mom.

The mothers whose lives are not being reflected on greeting cards are in need of something that can’t be delivered, worn, or eaten. They need policies that accurately reflect the reality of their daily lives. 

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Unchain My Heart: The Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison Needs to Stop

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We thought passing our antishackling bill would be easy. After all, who would want to be seen arguing that pregnant women should wear chains?

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Queer Mamas of Color: All The Ways People Make Families

Being a queer mama of color, in all of the ways that we are queer mamas of color, means that we have to talk about race, immigration, disability, class, gender, gender identity, and sexuality. We have to name these things because they shape how, where, when, and why we parent.

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Mamahood by Choice, Not Chance

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This Mama’s Day, I encourage all women to stand up and say, “Mamahood by Choice!” Becoming a mama should always be a decision that a woman makes with her partnerand not because she doesn’t have access to family planning. 

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Loving So Much It Hurts: Why I’m Not Sure If I Can Be a Mom

Nina and her Mama.

The question of motherhood, of raising a child, of being a mother to another human life is so loaded for me that I spend an equal amount of time trying not to think about it and obsessing about it.

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Remembering Bei Bei Shuai on Mama’s Day

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Almost two months ago, I wrote about Bei Bei Shuai on my blog, Radical Doula. Now it’s Mama’s Day, and Bei Bei is still in prison.

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Mama’s Day Our Way: Celebrating Diversity on Mother’s Day 2012

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Mother’s Day has a way of making everyone feel like an outsider. This brunch-y, kid friendly version of Mother’s Day, creates the feeling that there is some elusive “right way” to celebrate and be celebrated. We want to flip that.

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