In Canada, we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from October 1st to 7th. This year, let’s acknowledge that even though breastfeeding offers benefits, it can also be hard. Let’s talk about the stigma that surrounds formula feeding and the guilt that comes with “imperfection.” And let’s support mothers – without judgment – for the choices they make for their families.
It is important to recognize that the burden of unpaid labour, which includes essential tasks like making meals, often falls to women.
But what about everyone else? Third wave feminism has taught me academically about intersectionality, but how do we put it into real world practice? If we consider that “the personal is political” meant that the personal problems of other women compel our collective attention and action, then each of us needs to step beyond what is personal to ourselves and examine the issues and experiences that are personally important to other women.