Our bodies are varied. They break, mend, grow life, disappoint us, and haul groceries. They age, climb stairs, run marathons, comfort, ache, and surprise us with strange hair. Our bodies are real. A "real woman's body" can't be found in any one part; it can only be understood by appreciating the whole.
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
A lot of people say that Mother's Day is one of those "Hallmark holidays" that don't really exist in the calendar, and I can certainly see their point. The commercialization of Mother's Day doesn't enhance anyone's idea of family. But there's another way that society is "dumbing down" motherhood that we must name and shame.