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A brief update and something EXCITING!

I exist.

I maybe ceased existing for a little while there dealing with heavy anxiety and a little depression on the side. But I exist again. I hope.

School has started so I am ultra busy now but I will do my best to stay up to date here and with our various places on social media (links at the bottom of the page). In the mean time, it would be a huge help to me if you would share your stories! To keep SOAM running I need regular entries posted and coming up with content on my own is difficult while I am also trying to keep up in school – besides the whole point of SOAM is to hear everyone else’s stories, not just mine! So click here and submit your story. Include anything you feel is important – photos, nude or not, your words or just a brief description. You are helping to change the world here.

And now for my news! I am really excited that GrokNation picked up this piece I’ve written about how skin tells your life story. It comes from a decade of listening to women and pondering about life is and what beauty is. I am very proud of the piece and thrilled to be able to share my thoughts with the world. Check it out and pass it on if you like it.

Categories: In the Media, My Own Ramblings, News
Check out repealhydeartproject.org for more information the Hyde Amendment.

Check out repealhydeartproject.org for more information the Hyde Amendment.

I stumbled across this picture the other day on Facebook and shared it there, but I wanted to share it here, too. SOAM is inherently a feminist website, which makes it a political website, but I sometimes hesitate to get too overtly political here because so many of the women here hold such varying views and SOAM is for all women and I want no one to feel alienated. My intentions are true, but my action to uphold them has been erroneous. The political climate of the past year, and particularly since the US election last November has been becoming increasingly hostile to women and minorities. If SOAM is about creating a space to openly love the postpartum body, that is feminist. And feminism is not truly feminism unless it acknowledges and embraces intersectionality. (Here is a good explanation of intersectionality if you want a primer. I acknowledge that Laci Green has taken a turn for the strange in recent months, but this video remains excellent.)

I can’t not at least refer to the events of this past weekend here in the US, but I want to say more than just that I denounce the actions and opinions of the AltRight, of these American Nazi Terrorists. This image gave me the words I need to say.

SOAM is, as a feminist website, as an organization for women, a direct supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. SOAM directly supports the Jewish population of the US. SOAM directly supports the LGBTQ community. Within this umbrella of intersectionality, of reproductive justice, SOAM is directly tied to all these groups.

Reproductive justice is not merely reproductive rights; it is a far more vast concept. Reproductive rights include the right to a safe abortion, the right to birth control, and the right to preventative healthcare for women’s bodies, but reproductive rights end there. Reproductive justice encompasses all that and so, so much more. Reproductive justice includes welfare and healthcare for children born too poor mothers. It includes justice for children born to mothers or fathers in prisons, and it includes the rights of those mothers to give birth in a safe and sane environment. It includes environmental justice because children have the right to grow up in a place with access to clean water (looking at you, Flint, MI) or a nontoxic environment. It includes BLM and other movements to protect minorities because a child should have a right to grow up. Period.

SOAM is inherently a feminist website and therefore the events of this past weekend are directly related to SOAM. Our focus is and always will be on the postpartum body, but after a tragic event like this I am here to tell the world that we love you and we support you and we stand with you. I went out Sunday night to my local vigil held for Heather Heyer, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates and the most powerful message I took away was that there are far more of us (workers for equality and love) than there are of them (Nazis). We will win.

Mamas and papas, love your communities. I stand with you in love.

Categories: Activism, My Own Ramblings, News

Keep Supporting SOAM

Over the years here at SOAM we have had more then 2,500 entries. I’ve heard feedback from many women about how the site has helped them either through sharing their own story, or just by browsing the diverse stories we already have here. Right now submissions are low and I’m asking for your help to keep SOAM vibrant and full of new content. There are a number of ways you can help, some are super easy, some are a little more involved. You can read more about them at our new Help SOAM page (you can also access it at any time from the menu bar above). If you want to learn more about SOAM and what makes it unique you can check out the new About SOAM page.

I am declaring August a Readership Drive month for SOAM! I hope to gain new followers and submissions here at the blog, and new followers at our various social media outlets. Goal: 100 new followers on Twitter and Instagram and 10 new submissions to post here! I will have a giveaway coming up mid month to help celebrate the event so stay tuned. In the mean time, start sharing the site with your friends and family and check out the other ways you can Help SOAM, too.

Please, consider helping SOAM continue to provide the world with the understanding that mama bodies are perfect in every size and shape that they come in. SOAM has done a lot of good work in the past, but we are nowhere near done.

Love to you all.

Categories: My Own Ramblings, News
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