Monday, August 7

5 comments:

Orange Ina said...

I don't see how this has anything to do with feminism. I'd be quite annoyed myself. I'd be extremely annoyed, to be more precise.

The feminist angle comes up in recognizing that the issue is more about the institution's lack of ability to provide a system by which your colleague or student who is bringing the baby to the office could leave said baby in affordable daycare.

In the meantime, not only does the baby's parent have to deal with the realities of lack of daycare, but clearly others have to suffer the consequences as well. This is a perfect example of the larger level implications of bad childcare policies and lack of viable options. Very annoying for sure!

Anonymous said...

At least it's age-appropriate. It's when my colleagues whine and cry at the office that I get bristled.

Poppy Red said...

A certain adjunct at the University where I'm a grad student uses our grad/faculty lounge as a playroom for her son (about 5 or 6). I mean, you go in there and legos are sprawled everywhere. And she uses the work study student to watch him (hopefully with extra pay, but I'm not sure). I do absolutely blame the university for not having childcare available, and I also understand that using her office would be no better (since she shares with other adjuncts -- another problem with the university), but having your shared space turned into romper room is frustrating.

Turquoise Stuff said...

I get Orange Ina's feminist stance. That said I'm with you Poppy and the artist behind this collage. Some places are simply not appropriate for babies (or little kids) and their guardians shouldn't impose the issue on others. A job environment where people are trying to concentrate on serious work is one of them. I could name a few others, but I'll try to stay focused.

Salmon Ella said...

I HAVE a baby, and I get annoyed when I have to listen to her scream, too.

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