Here at P&L, we try not to re-invent the wheel. History is filled with countless examples of people who challenged power structures and won. Take a page, take a page is the constant refrain of my song. Sometimes it takes something radical to shake the world up–see Martin Luther, Alice Paul, or Malcolm X.
Here at P&L we also fight the patriarchy. For months and months now I have been writing about effective ways to do this. One of my recommendations is that we use dynamics that are intended to keep us down to fight back, and first and foremost in that set of dynamics is the issue of child care. While magazines are filled with articles about the new dad who participates and finds joy in parenting, even taking over some of the more odious tasks, the reality is that part of the design of patriarchy is the free labor of women, and nowhere is that labor more free than between a mother and her child.
Over at I Blame the Patriarchy, commenter MLH is doing a very good job of instructing her son about issues of sex as he comes of age. This is important work, and she’s doing the best she can with the tools she has. Here’s what she had to say: