[Recently, an] Isotoner employee was fired for taking unauthorized breaks to pump breast milk. Not only did her employee fire her, but the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the firing. Read more about it here (pdf).
An excerpt, “According to the trial court, “Allen gave birth over five months prior to her termination from [Isotoner]. Pregnant [women] who give birth and chose not to breastfeed or pump their breasts do not continue to lactate for five months. Thus, Allen’s condition of lactating was not a condition relating to pregnancy but rather a condition related to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding discrimination does not constitute gender discrimination.” (echidne)
I’m sorry, but when was the last time a man breastfed?
it is gender discrimination and it is a shame that Ohio has archaic laws that do not support breastfeeding mothers.
not only that, i don’t know what smoking breaks are like over there. but if that was this country, smokers get hella more breaks than non-smokers, and nobody bats an eyelid. why should a breastfeeding woman not be allowed breaks? it’s fucking ridiculous.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE music. And get pretty much obsessed about some of it. I often give myself the responsibility to promote bands or artists to my friends. Especially if i think they’d like them. I can never understand it when they don’t, but i guess i don’t really mind. Except a few - then i have to hum or bite my lip or pretend it’s OK when really, it’s not cool. Anyway, I have this thing, when I find an amazing song but can’t hear it enough. Like, it’s never loud enough or something. So i set about trying to feel it in my bones. I listen repeatedly loudly and quietly, daily until i feel like i’ve quenched my thirst. this sometimes means listening to a song for weeks at a time. Weirdly, I never tire of these songs. I remember doing this to Nannette Williams and Bryn Hayworth when I was, I don’t know, 7? But i remember so clearly, when I bought Boyzone’s second album in 1996 and repeatedly listened to ‘Words’ and ‘A different Beat’. And I remember buying Hanson’s album on tape with my pocket money, in 1997 when I was 12 thinking ‘I Will Come To You’, ‘Thinking of You’ and ‘Where’s the Love’ were just uh-mazing. So much so, that i used to write the words out again and again until i was tired. I have since carried on this unquenchable music need thing to artists and bands with a little more credibility than Hanson and Boyzone. I remember ‘finding’ Lifehouse in 2001 and feeling like i needed to tell all of England about this band. I think i did a pretty good job of spreading the word. On that album i couldn’t stop listening to ‘Everything’ and ‘Simon’. I think i need to make a mixtape of all the songs that I have desperately tried to digest - i think for me it would make the happiest mixtape ever. I usually always have a song on the go that is driving me some sort of crazy. Currently: The first two tracks on Imogen Heaps new album, Ellipse. Brilliant.
i do this too :) i did this with ‘you say’ by lisa loeb when i was maybe, 12? i think i pretty much wore that casette tape out. others include, ‘whole wide world’ wreckless eric, ‘acoustic#3’ and ‘naked’ and ‘slide’ by goo goo dolls, ‘the trapeze swinger’ iron and wine, ‘renegede’ by styx, ‘blurry’ puddle of mudd, and this one song by caedmon’s call that i can’t even remember the name of. sometimes when i love songs, i just remember the songs. i don’t remember the names, or the bands, i just get that song in my head and it won’t leave.
almond m&m’s, sour patch kids, a beuno, vanilla cupcakes with strawberry frosting, praline and cream heigen daaz, a whisper, sweetarts, twizzlers, a family size bag of revels, apple and blackberry crumble, jolly ranchers, banana split pop tarts, lucky charms, moutain dew, cream soda, a smarties mcflurry, foam strawberry sweeties, carrot cake, white chocolate and raspberry slices, chocolate covered pretzels. lots and lots of chocolate covered pretzels.
“Christians who believe in the sanctity of life ought to be concerned about any health care system overhaul that will increase abortions. But our conviction about life should also lead us to care about the 45 million Americans who lack health insurance and therefore receive inadequate care. We should care that the uninsured are 1.6 times more likely to die from cancer than those with insurance who are diagnosed and treated earlier. We should care that we have a system that discriminates against those with preexisting conditions, the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. Our belief in the value of life should drive us to seek a system that will care for our brothers and sisters after they are born and not just before.”—
I’m also not clear on why anybody thinks that universal coverage would increase the number of abortions. Women opt for abortion are increasingly young and poor. Is this a lack of access to affordable birth control? A lack of access to sufficient prenatal care? A concern about the costs of childbirth? Universal coverage would fix all of these.
For what it’s worth, Guttmacher casts the number of people who abort for financial reasons at 73%, with 28% (of the total population, not the 73% population) specifcally saying ‘can’t afford a baby and childcare, which is probably about as close to the financial concerns listed above as you’re likely to find without a specialized survey.
People think this will increase the number of abortions for two reasons, mostly: a) not aware of the Hyde Amendment; b) consider contraceptive use to be abortion. Mark it.
Yet America still manages to have the highest proportion of abortions to any other country (bar Australia I believe). Including our ‘socialised medicine’ fuelled island. Of all the things to be concerned about in a healthcare reform, increased abortions seems like the stupidest.