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California children can now have more than two legal parents

Big news in California: Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday that will allow children to have more than two legal parents.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.

The law will allow the courts to recognize three or more legal parents so that custody and financial responsibility can be shared by all those involved in raising a child, Leno said.

“Courts need the ability to recognize these changes so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them,” Leno said. “It is critical that judges have the ability ...

Big news in California: Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday that will allow children to have more than two legal parents.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family ...

Who do we trust to name their own child?

Yesterday we  included a link in our Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet about a Tennessee judge who imposed her own religious views and changed the name of a baby against his parents’ wishes. But as rapper Meek Millz said, “it’s levels to this shit” and this is more than an issue of violating the separation between church and state. The racial and family dynamics in this story are important and deserve some unpacking.

Jaleesa Martin and the father of her son, of New Port Tennessee, could not agree on their baby’s last name and were going to child support court to resolve the issue. They did, however, agree on the first name, which was Messiah. Judge Lu Ann Ballew came ...

Yesterday we  included a link in our Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet about a Tennessee judge who imposed her own religious views and changed the name of a baby against his parents’ wishes. But as rapper ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

“Farah Goes Bang.”

Dare to hope again: on incarceration and parenting.

Paternity leave isn’t just about fathers.

Reclaiming indigenous papahood.

Blast from the very recent past: the Great Dad.

Listen to a panel on labor and feminism moderated by Sarah Jaffe.

RAINN praised the recent SCOTUS decision on DNA collection, but how will it affect people of color?

A single bill could nearly eliminate abortion access in Texas.

Will the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalize sex work?

Protect the “Rape Factory.”

Sorry, but Daenerys = Laura Bush.

Get ready for the debut of Jose Antonio Vargas’s “Documented.”

Celebrate 50 years of women in space.

Check out the ...

“Farah Goes Bang.”

Dare to hope again: on incarceration and parenting.

Paternity leave isn’t just about fathers.

Reclaiming indigenous papahood.

Blast from the very recent past: the Great Dad.

Listen ...

Quick Hit: On raising feminist sons

I really like this piece by Shannon Brugh over at Rattle & Pen on the challenges of raising sons in a culture that forces kids into gender boxes and, though it claims to be equal, is still decidedly not.

Raising boys in a society that claims to be equal is not easy. It’s supposed to be equal, but of course, it’s not. As much as many of us would like to believe that it is, it’s not even close. James Brown was right. It is a man’s world. So, how do I keep my boys from perpetuating this problem?

This is where I have to get creative. Parenting requires a certain amount of creativity as it is. But teaching boys who already live in a world ...

I really like this piece by Shannon Brugh over at Rattle & Pen on the challenges of raising sons in a culture that forces kids into gender boxes and, though it claims to be equal, is still decidedly not.

Raising ...

“Let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.”

When photographer Jamie Moore was thinking about marking her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday with a photo shoot, she wanted to get more creative than a set of princess photos. She explains:

It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better. My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters. I wanted her to know the value of these amazing women who had gone against everything ...

When photographer Jamie Moore was thinking about marking her daughter Emma’s fifth birthday with a photo shoot, she wanted to get more creative than a set of princess photos. She explains:

It started ...

What happens when women are “illegal”?

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive health justice, immigration, and feminist movements in Latin America.

Earlier this week, the Associated Press made the decision to drop the term “illegal immigrant” from its style guide. This is a huge step forward for immigrant rights, but the fact that such a small act is such a huge victory says a lot about how much further our country has to go to achieve even basic human rights for undocumented people. The AP may have dropped the I-Word, but plenty of major ...

Ed. note: This is a guest post by Juliana Britto Schwartz. By day, Juliana is a student at University of California, Santa Cruz. By night, she is a Latina feminist blogger at Julianabritto.com, where she writes about reproductive ...

New Favorite Tumblr: “Meet My Immigrant Mom”

Launched by the Domestic Workers Alliance, this really sweet Tumblr is filled with photos of immigrant mothers with notes of appreciation written by their children. Meet the mom pictured above:

My mother immigrated from Burma as a seamstress and spent her life sewing and making things from curtains to sofas. She worked 3 jobs all her life and never stopped working from early morning to late into the night. I remember her always sewing downstairs late into the night and never taking vacation or saying no to a job. She also cooked the best Burmese/ Chinese food and would make seven course meals if we had friends over.

Read the rest here. Got an inspiring immigrant mom yourself?

Launched by the Domestic Workers Alliance, this really sweet Tumblr is filled with photos of immigrant mothers with notes of appreciation written by their children. Meet the mom pictured above:

My mother immigrated from Burma as ...

Quick Hit: The Smiths believe in raising a girl in command of her own body

Let us all take notes on parenting girls to be self possessed women from Jada Pinkett Smith:

A letter to a friend…

This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete.

The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women,girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, ...

Let us all take notes on parenting girls to be self possessed women from Jada Pinkett Smith:

A letter to a friend…

This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with ...

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