terça-feira, 26 de maio de 2009

A azáfama dos nossos pequenitos

Por uma amiga e mãe de três ;)

São dias bons, longos, cheios de mimos e sorrisos, uns chorinhos por aqui e por ali, umas elevações de voz e muitas repetições porque quando se tem 3 e 5 anos é difícil ouvir (e fazer) à primeira. Se até com 35 é complicado, quanto mais quando temos uma data de brincadeiras agendadas e um adulto com a mania que manda e organiza e dita, que nos diz para lavarmos as mãos, os dentes, arrumar isto e aquilo, sentar à mesa, calçar sapatos, vestir casacos, pegar na lancheira, apertar cintos, sentar, sentar, sentar, falar baixinho, não correr, ajudar a irmã, ficar no passeio, fechar/ abrir a porta, comer, dormir, escolher livro para ler ao deitar . Meu Deus, agora que escrevo, vejo a quantidade de coisas que "debitamos" nestes seres tão pequeninos e que já tanto têm de fazer. E isto entre o português e o inglês, para ajudar à missa.

Calais Pedro World

segunda-feira, 18 de maio de 2009

terça-feira, 12 de maio de 2009

Os Bastidores do Zoo

Num belo e divertido texto de Tiago Salazar para a revista Notícias do DN:

Nos 125 anos do Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa a nm foi ver como se vive o quotidiano nos bastidores, para lá das jaulas, gaiolas e aquários. Descobrimos, por exemplo, que as palavras amizade e amor são possíveis entre homens (tratadores) e répteis, ocapis, gorilas ou baleias.


Partly Cloudy, a nova curta da Pixar

Que será exibida antes de Up - Altamente! (dizem...), a próxima estreia.

Chamam-lhe Terra


Sita Sings the Blues

Um achado!
Disponível no Youtube, for pete's sake!
Prémio Especial do Júri no nosso festival Monstra!*
Baseado no Ramayana! (tradução inglesa)

Dear Audience,
I hereby give Sita Sings the Blues to you. Like all culture, it belongs to you already, but I am making it explicit with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Please distribute, copy, share, archive, and show Sita Sings the Blues. From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.
You don't need my permission to copy, share, publish, archive, show, sell, broadcast, or remix Sita Sings the Blues. Conventional wisdom urges me to demand payment for every use of the film, but then how would people without money get to see it? How widely would the film be disseminated if it were limited by permission and fees? Control offers a false sense of security. The only real security I have is trusting you, trusting culture, and trusting freedom.

* Cujo website é uma seca, desculpem lá :(

The Princess and the Frog

First black princess ever? From Disney?

Official website

sexta-feira, 8 de maio de 2009

The MessMaker ;)

Perspectivas: The Case Against Breast-Feeding

One afternoon at the playground last summer, shortly after the birth of my third child, I made the mistake of idly musing about breast-feeding to a group of new mothers I’d just met. This time around, I said, I was considering cutting it off after a month or so. At this remark, the air of insta-friendship we had established cooled into an icy politeness, and the mothers shortly wandered away to chase little Emma or Liam onto the slide. Just to be perverse, over the next few weeks I tried this experiment again several more times. The reaction was always the same: circles were redrawn such that I ended up in the class of mom who, in a pinch, might feed her baby mashed-up Chicken McNuggets.

In my playground set, the urban moms in their tight jeans and oversize sunglasses size each other up using a whole range of signifiers: organic content of snacks, sleekness of stroller, ratio of tasteful wooden toys to plastic. But breast-feeding is the real ticket into the club. My mother friends love to exchange stories about subversive ways they used to sneak frozen breast milk through airline security (it’s now legal), or about the random brutes on the street who don’t approve of breast-feeding in public. When Angelina Jolie wanted to secure her status as America’s ur-mother, she posed on the cover of W magazine nursing one of her twins. Alt-rocker Pete Wentz recently admitted that he tasted his wife, Ashlee Simpson’s, breast milk (“soury” and “weird”), after bragging that they have a lot of sex—both of which must have seemed to him markers of a cool domestic existence.

From the moment a new mother enters the obstetrician’s waiting room, she is subjected to the upper-class parents’ jingle: “Breast Is Best.” Parenting magazines offer “23 Great Nursing Tips,” warnings on “Nursing Roadblocks,” and advice on how to find your local lactation consultant (note to the childless: yes, this is an actual profession, and it’s thriving). Many of the stories are accompanied by suggestions from the ubiquitous parenting guru Dr. William Sears, whose Web site hosts a comprehensive list of the benefits of mother’s milk. “Brighter Brains” sits at the top: “I.Q. scores averaging seven to ten points higher!” (Sears knows his audience well.) The list then moves on to the dangers averted, from infancy on up: fewer ear infections, allergies, stomach illnesses; lower rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease. Then it adds, for good measure, stool with a “buttermilk-like odor” and “nicer skin”—benefits, in short, “more far-reaching than researchers have even dared to imagine.”

In 2005, Babytalk magazine won a National Magazine Award for an article called “You Can Breastfeed.” Given the prestige of the award, I had hoped the article might provide some respite from the relentlessly cheerful tip culture of the parenting magazines, and fill mothers in on the real problems with nursing. Indeed, the article opens with a promisingly realistic vignette, featuring a theoretical “You” cracking under the strain of having to breast-feed around the clock, suffering “crying jags” and cursing at your husband. But fear not, You. The root of the problem is not the sudden realization that your ideal of an equal marriage, with two parents happily taking turns working and raising children, now seems like a farce. It turns out to be quite simple: You just haven’t quite figured out how to fit “Part A into Part B.” Try the “C-hold” with your baby and some “rapid arm movement,” the story suggests. Even Dr. Sears pitches in: “Think ‘fish lips,’” he offers.

In the days after my first child was born, I welcomed such practical advice. I remember the midwife coming to my hospital bed and shifting my arm here, and the baby’s head there, and then everything falling into place. But after three children and 28 months of breast-feeding (and counting), the insistent cheerleading has begun to grate. Buttermilk-like odor? Now Dr. Sears is selling me too hard. I may have put in fewer parenting years than he has, but I do have some perspective. And when I look around my daughter’s second-grade class, I can’t seem to pick out the unfortunate ones: “Oh, poor little Sophie, whose mother couldn’t breast-feed. What dim eyes she has. What a sickly pallor. And already sprouting acne!”

I dutifully breast-fed each of my first two children for the full year that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. I have experienced what the Babytalk story calls breast-feeding-induced “maternal nirvana.” This time around, nirvana did not describe my state of mind; I was launching a new Web site and I had two other children to care for, and a husband I would occasionally like to talk to. Being stuck at home breast-feeding as he walked out the door for work just made me unreasonably furious, at him and everyone else.

In Betty Friedan’s day, feminists felt shackled to domesticity by the unreasonably high bar for housework, the endless dusting and shopping and pushing the Hoover around—a vacuum cleaner being the obligatory prop for the “happy housewife heroine,” as Friedan sardonically called her. When I looked at the picture on the cover of Sears’s Breastfeeding Book—a lady lying down, gently smiling at her baby and still in her robe, although the sun is well up—the scales fell from my eyes: it was not the vacuum that was keeping me and my 21st-century sisters down, but another sucking sound. (...)

Lengthy article from The Atlantic

domingo, 3 de maio de 2009

sexta-feira, 1 de maio de 2009