A Chat With Allysha Almada, Who Repped for Nurses at the White House

Last month, President Obama invited people from across the country to a “White House Summit on Worker Voice,” advertised as an occasion “to highlight the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class.” Essentially, it was a fete for organized labor. Among them was Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan; another… »11/04/15 3:10pm11/04/15 3:10pm

New Texas Law Will Make it Slightly Easier to Pump Breast Milk at Work

Starting Tuesday, a new Texas law will require that public employees to be given breaks to pump breast milk at work, and that they can’t be fired or disciplined for taking the time to pump. The law benefits public employees like teachers, one of whom told the Texas Observer that she’s had to pump standing up in her… »9/01/15 6:40pm9/01/15 6:40pm

You Can Now Officially Post Your #Brelfies On Instagram 

Breastfeeding in public has always been a controversial subject, especially when photos of it are shared on social media. Gisele Bündchen, Alyssa Milano and Jaime King have all experienced backlash after proudly sharing photos of themselves breastfeeding on Instagram, while other non-celebrity moms had their accounts… »4/18/15 3:35pm4/18/15 3:35pm

'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 5:40pm6/30/14 5:40pm

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 5:45pm4/09/12 5:45pm

Proposed Measures to Georgia Breast Feeding Law Could Punish Assholes Who Harass Nursing Mothers

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 9:30am3/02/12 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 8:42pm11/13/11 8:42pm

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

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 9:55am8/17/11 9:55am