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In case any of you haven’t noticed (and by the number of views I’ve been getting lately, I’m pretty sure all of you have), there have been WAY too few posts here in the past few months. This has mainly been caused by a combination of my Israel trip and the realization that there are just so many other things I want to do with my time, and so many things I want to learn before taking another stab at putting my ideas out to the world.

So, goodbye to “From the Rib.” The blog will still be up here with all of our posts from way back in 2009, and maybe someday I’ll feel the need to revive it. If there are any young Jewish feminists out there, preferably in high school or college, who want to take over the mantle, send me an email at fromtherib@gmail.com. It’s been a fantastic run–blogging here has made me read, think about, and analyze so many interesting and diverse issues–thanks for reading, commenting, and helping me to realize how many people out there care about the same issues I care about.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with a link round-up of some interesting and relevant pieces that I’ve been reading and thinking about lately:

Farewell, fair readers. It’s been real.

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This is a somewhat scattered Mother’s Day post. To start off, I’d like to say thank you, Kristof:

By United Nations estimates, 215 million women worldwide have an “unmet need” for family planning, meaning they don’t want to become pregnant but are not using effective contraception. The Guttmacher Institute, a widely respected research organization, estimates that if all the unmet need for contraception were met, the result would be 94,000 fewer women dying of pregnancy complications each year, and almost 25 million fewer abortions each year.

Read the rest of his column about how family planning could save lives across the globe and why we need to press our government for it here–it’s a lesson we should all be thinking about this Mother’s Day.

And, while you’re at it, instead of buying your mother, grandmother, step-mother, or any other kind of female maternal figure in your life flowers, chocolates, or a card, consider making a donation in her name instead. The Mother’s Day Movement was created last year after a group of women decided that the $14 billion that Americans spent on Mother’s Day flowers, cards, and meals could be better spent–they started a campaign to raise money for a charity that improves the lives of women and children. This year, they are raising money for Shining Hope for Communities, an organization that runs a community center, health clinic, and school for girls in Nairobi, Kenya. If this organization doesn’t strike your fancy, Kristof (in another column) gives some suggestions for many other organizations that help women, like The Fistula Foundation, an organization that helps women suffering from obstetric fistulas, a horrible condition that begins at birth that causes women to leak out waste, here. This year, my sister and I decided together to celebrate our mother (in addition to talking to her and expressing our love) by doing something to help women around the world–she’s always taught us to care about other people, especially women in suffering, and we knew she’d appreciate it a lot more than flowers.

And finally, Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that whether you live near, with, or halfway across the world from your mother/maternal figure (my current situation), you find a way to say thanks for all she does for you.

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Thanks to Guttmacher for this brief, educational and important video

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