The good, the bad and the milky

by DaniGirl on September 21, 2006 · 18 comments

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I’ve got a handful of little things that I can’t quite make a full post out of, so you’re getting the dog’s breakfast post today. (Hey, I just checked on dictionary.com to make sure I had the right meaning for dog’s breakfast, and it says this is a Canadian slang term. How about that!) Ahem, where was I? Oh yes.

First of all, I wanted to say a huge thank you to any of you who might have gone out last Saturday to the garage sale to help raise funds for Shona, the friend-of-a-friend I mentioned last week. You know what? They raised $2500 in a single morning. Isn’t that amazing? Jojo has more details on her newly minted blog.

Second, I have another message to pass along from an old friend of mine. Cooper from the blog Been There, who was so terrific in setting up the clearinghouse to help out after Katrina, sent me this note last week:

Recently I saw the documentary film, The Motherhood Manifesto, and through the film I learned that in Pennsylvania, where I live, it is legal to ask someone in a job interview if they are married or have children. As you can guess, this hurts mostly moms and single moms. PA is one of 28 states that is in this predicament, and we, and the other states, aren’t covered by the federal regs either.

I have been working with Joan Blades (co-founder of MoveOn.org) and others at MomsRising.org, as well as women in Pennsylvania to help get legislation passed (it has been stalled in the state house and senate — for 6 years!) that would make this practice illegal. I wrote an article about it that ran recently in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Anyway, if Pennsylvania can do this, it means so much to moms everywhere, and could create momentum for many critical issues involving moms and families, and on this type of discrimination. PA could start a chain reaction, and we need to drum up some noise. Momsrising has create a web page for this, and we have been blogging over there too. We have information, links to PA legislators phone/email info and a petition. You don’t have to be from PA to send a message that this is important.

I have to admit, I was really surprised to hear that this kind of thing could be legal. If you can do anything, or even lend a voice of support, please do contact Cooper through Momsrising. Sisterhood!

And finally, to end our all-altruism-all-the-time festival, I give you this link to the goodest milk on the Internet. I’ll be stocking up. Hey, 764 Amazon reviewers can’t be wrong…

(Confession: I didn’t find the milk thing on my own. My Google ju-ju is not that good. Anyone care to guess who fed it to me?)


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1 Trixie September 21, 2006 at 1:56 pm

Ha–the posts on the life-saving goodest milk are hilarious (I’d guess they’re all written by the same person, but what nut would have the time and energy?)
As for the Penn scenario, I recall being *horrified* to learn that, during an interview for an in-house attorney 10 years ago, my very reasonable father had asked a female applicant if she was planning to have children within the following 2 years! He naively couldn’t understand my gaping disbelief: seems it was important for the company that they had consistent representation during that time, so he simply needed to know if her mat leave would leave them hanging. I was placated, I suppose, by the fact he hired her even though her answer was “maybe, but that’s really none of your business.”

2 Trixie September 21, 2006 at 1:56 pm

Ha–the posts on the life-saving goodest milk are hilarious (I’d guess they’re all written by the same person, but what nut would have the time and energy?)
As for the Penn scenario, I recall being *horrified* to learn that, during an interview for an in-house attorney 10 years ago, my very reasonable father had asked a female applicant if she was planning to have children within the following 2 years! He naively couldn’t understand my gaping disbelief: seems it was important for the company that they had consistent representation during that time, so he simply needed to know if her mat leave would leave them hanging. I was placated, I suppose, by the fact he hired her even though her answer was “maybe, but that’s really none of your business.”

3 Suzanne September 21, 2006 at 2:31 pm

Wow — I had no idea that sort of question was legal. Thanks for the heads up.

4 Suzanne September 21, 2006 at 2:31 pm

Wow — I had no idea that sort of question was legal. Thanks for the heads up.

5 Lugina September 21, 2006 at 3:18 pm

GASP!!! What are the other states?? I must do some research. This is absolutely unacceptable. Thanks for the links and the information.

6 Lugina September 21, 2006 at 3:18 pm

GASP!!! What are the other states?? I must do some research. This is absolutely unacceptable. Thanks for the links and the information.

7 nancy September 21, 2006 at 6:51 pm

I know who fed you the milk thingy, do I win a prize if I out that person?

8 nancy September 21, 2006 at 6:51 pm

I know who fed you the milk thingy, do I win a prize if I out that person?

9 DaniGirl September 21, 2006 at 7:09 pm

Um, what kind of prize are you fishing for? I can offer up another Charleston Chew…

10 DaniGirl September 21, 2006 at 7:09 pm

Um, what kind of prize are you fishing for? I can offer up another Charleston Chew…

11 DaniGirl September 21, 2006 at 7:33 pm

By the way, if you click through to the Amazon milk reviews, be sure to set it to show the ‘most useful’ reviews first.

12 DaniGirl September 21, 2006 at 7:33 pm

By the way, if you click through to the Amazon milk reviews, be sure to set it to show the ‘most useful’ reviews first.

13 nancy September 21, 2006 at 11:01 pm

Charleston Chew? Marla! Marla! Marla! It was Marla!!!

14 nancy September 21, 2006 at 11:01 pm

Charleston Chew? Marla! Marla! Marla! It was Marla!!!

15 DaniGirl September 22, 2006 at 1:18 pm

And now we know Nancy’s price!!
You win – but ya gotta come visit to collect!!

16 DaniGirl September 22, 2006 at 1:18 pm

And now we know Nancy’s price!!
You win – but ya gotta come visit to collect!!

17 BubandPie September 22, 2006 at 7:17 pm

That’s so funny. My husband and I have been debating the meaning of the term ever since he started his new job (his boss uses the phrase ALL THE TIME). I say it means “mess” and hubby says it’s applicable only when it’s a vomitous mess (I think he’s confusing it with the verse about the dog returning to his vomit). Based on your usage of it here, I’m guessing it’s more of a mishmash. I’m off to follow the link and find out!

18 BubandPie September 22, 2006 at 7:17 pm

That’s so funny. My husband and I have been debating the meaning of the term ever since he started his new job (his boss uses the phrase ALL THE TIME). I say it means “mess” and hubby says it’s applicable only when it’s a vomitous mess (I think he’s confusing it with the verse about the dog returning to his vomit). Based on your usage of it here, I’m guessing it’s more of a mishmash. I’m off to follow the link and find out!

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