'Dude, You Need to Get Into Nursing': How the Field Recruits Men

While there has been significant attention to recruiting women into STEM fields, what about the converse – recruiting men to female-dominated fields? My recent article in Gender & Society analyzes the recruitment strategies of key health care players, examining themes of masculinity in text, speech, and images. » 6/30/14 5:40pm 6/30/14 5:40pm

What Prostitutes, Nurses and Nannies Have in Common

My longest stint as a care worker has been as a prostitute, but nearly every job I've ever held has involved what Arlie Russell Hochschild termed "emotional labor." No one who's known me as an escort, a nanny, or a waitress is surprised to see me going to nursing school; emotional labor gives the most back to me,… » 2/17/13 11:35am 2/17/13 11:35am

Hospital Under Fire for Unpopular 'No Fatties' Policy

Last year, a medical center in Texas quietly instituted controversial rule — a hiring policy that bars any applicant from consideration for a job there if they have a Body Mass Index of over 35 or if they project an image that somehow conflicts with how patients think doctors and nurses should look. And even though… » 4/09/12 5:45pm 4/09/12 5:45pm

Proposed Measures to Georgia Breast Feeding Law Could Punish Assholes…

If a growing group of Georgia lactivists have their way, people who feel compelled to harass, discriminate against, or restrict mothers from breast-feeding in public could face a fine of up to $1,000, a penalty that would do more to enforce a state law giving moms the right to nurse wherever they damn well please. » 3/02/12 9:30am 3/02/12 9:30am

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Male Nurses Are Still Manly

Naturally, people find it very troubling when someone holds a job traditionally associated with the opposite gender, but new research suggests that it's inaccurate and unwise to mock the male nurse responsible for jamming a needle into your arm. It's hard to belive that our ignorant stereotypes could be wrong, but it… » 11/13/11 8:42pm 11/13/11 8:42pm

Porn Star Publicly Breastfeeds Her Baby, Gets Accused Of Promoting…

Women are still routinely condemned for breastfeeding in public, and just this weekend, a mom was kicked out of an all-female gym for feeding her son. So, you can imagine what happened when a feminist porn director and actress decided to challenge the way people think about sex and motherhood with an art project about… » 8/17/11 9:55am 8/17/11 9:55am

Breastfeeding A Friend's Baby: Bonding? Or A Blurring Of Boundaries?

Earlier today Good Morning America » 7/28/08 12:00pm 7/28/08 12:00pm reported that "cross nursing," or moms breastfeeding their friends' children, is on the rise. In the clip above, moms Sarah and Morgan explain that they started cross nursing one day when Morgan was watching Sarah's 3-month-old son. He was crying and wanted to nurse, and Morgan…