Atwood

Some lovely words and thoughts here.

“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.” (The Blind Assassin,2000)

“Within every dystopia there’s a little utopia.” (Interview, New York Magazine, 2013)

“As soon as you have a language that has a past tense and a future tense you’re going to say, ‘Where did we come from, what happens next?’ The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future.” (Interview, Telegraph, 2013)

Happy 75th Birthday Margaret Atwood and thanks for all the words after words after words!

‘Don’t let the bastards grind you down’

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Breastmilk and economics

Wow, breastmilk could be 0.5% of our GDP!

Well, it’s lovely to know this and achieve more visibility and valuing of breastmilk but I just realised, I unknowingly enjoyed my breastfeeding NOT being part of some economic rationalist agenda… I’d be happy for visibility but let’s leave economics out of it.

The same way I bristle when I hear how ecosystems ‘perform economic services’…

‘Breastmilk should be part of GDP’

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What giving birth looks like…

What giving birth looks like around the world

“We have ideas about what women’s bodies are for and it’s not this,” she said about American views on birth. “You see a woman naked but her body is performing functions that are intense. Our culture has a weird thing about images of women’s bodies doing this kind of physical work that isn’t young and sexy; birth has elements of struggle, power, transformation and mortality that don’t fit with our ideas about women’s bodies: they’re ok to look at when they’re sexy but when they’re working it’s something else. Birth is uncontrolled and that freaks us out.”

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