Evidence-Free Pregnancy Advice

I know why the hoopla around Emily Oster‘s new book, Expecting Better, bothers me, it’s because she hasn’t let you in on obstetrics’ big bad secret… and here it is…. from a pulmonologist. What Ms. Oster points out, and where she is absolutely correct, is that the data to support most pregnancy advice, indeed, most … Continue reading

The Women’s Table

Oh, no. I’m at the loser table, I thought walking into the large room for our summer intern lunch.  I sat at my assigned table with the other female bioengineering summer interns and the one female manager, while looking around enviously as the male interns I worked with sat elsewhere with the men.  Every woman who works in a male dominated field wants to be sitting at the table with the highest level leadership, and we know, just as everybody … Continue reading

On Names, from someone who doesn’t have one. Guest post by Stephen Brown

My name is Stephen Brown, I was born on the Isle of Wight. I am the fiancé referred to in the article. It is a common name in Britain, a very common name. Both parts. At my school I was not the only Brown, or the only Stephen. At work right now I am not … Continue reading

On Last Names

When I was in college, and far from marrying, my boyfriend and I had long debates about women and names.  His last name was Friedman and he thought women ought to take their husband’s last name upon marriage.  My mother did, but she and my father married at 18, right out of high-school, two years … Continue reading

On Names, from someone who has one

My name is Denitza Blagev, and I was born in Bulgaria.  I’m not certain whether I have an accent or not, but if someone has heard my name, there’s a 50% chance that they’d exclaim “you don’t have an accent at all!” and a 50% chance that they’d say “I thought I noticed a slight … Continue reading

Judging by the Source

“Mom, who made the first people?” he asks me sweetly. It is already nine o’clock and well past his bedtime. Blah, blah, blah, I stumble a bit then build up to “people came from monkeys.” “Nah,” he says and gives me a sly smile as if I’m trying to trick him. My “really, they do!” … Continue reading