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REAL DIAPER ASSOCIATION NEWS: Issue 23, September 2006

It's All Green! Real Diaper Association will be at the Green Festival in Washington, DC, October 14-15. Mothering Magazine has invited us to create a cloth diaper changing area for festival participants. To visit us, check the latest issue of Mothering Magazine to find a coupon for free entrance to the Festival.

RDA and cloth diaper vendors will also be demonstrating diaper changing on soft baby mannequins. The diapers we will show to festival attendees and use for demonstrations are samples donated by Real Diaper Association business members.

Would you like to have your products seen by 40,000 visitors to the Green Festival? If you are an RDA business member, send a sample. There is no cost to have your samples shown at the festival and your business information included in a cloth diaper directory for festival participants. If you aren’t an RDA business member, why not! Join RDA today. For more information, contact Lori.



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Why We Choose Cloth.  Upon joining, RDA members are asked to respond to "Why I Choose Cloth." 

Business Member · Ruxy Walsh , owner of Cotton Club Diaper Service in Chico, California, wrote:

"It's best for the environment. It's natural. And, most of all, it's the very best for baby. Doesn't every parent want the best for their child? Of course they do. Then you can't go wrong with cloth. In this day and age you need to take the time to make the right choice even if it's not always the easy choice. But of course cloth is the easy choice."

Individual Member · Katie Watson , wrote:

"I chose cloth because when I feel a disposable diaper, I wouldn't want to wear it. When I feel a cloth diaper I love it! I don't like the way disposables rub on my boys legs and they get rashes from it. I don't like all the gel that ends up all over my boys bottoms when they sleep for a long time and pee a lot. I think it's pointless to make more trash when we don't have to. I love how easy or hard you can be, no one has to cloth diaper the same, if you have a lot of time then you can do the most complicated systems, if you're a busy mom like me you can do an easy system. I chose cloth so that my babies can be more comfortable!"

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Commentary by a Butt-wiping Ph.D.

In an interview with LA City Beat (reprinted on Alternet), retired professor Linda Hirshmann expands on the analysis in her book Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World. When asked about "the non-threatening behaviors women are socialized to adopt," she concluded her comments by saying that she finds "Ph.D.s who are wiping butts" horrifying. "I'm sort of surprised I'm the first person to get out there and say this is immoral."

As a PhD who has chosen to wipe my own children's butts, I’m appalled not only by such a strident view of what it means to be an educated woman but by the blatant claim that to care for one’s own children is immoral. The so-called moral high ground she claims has no relation to the world I live in, where parenting is itself a political act. Wiping butts is also an act of love whether for our children, our parents, or anyone else who is so vulnerable as to need such care.

My doctoral training highlights the political nature of social and personal choices even when they don’t fit the molds demanded by authority figures, whether those authority figures be retired professors or global corporations. I am proud to have wiped my own children’s butts.

Let me encourage you, as activists and advocates for cloth diapers despite prevailing corporate wisdom, to speak truth to power.

--Lori Taylor, President and Founder, Real Diaper Association

Cloth Diapering Advocacy Tip #14: 
If, like most families, you spend a lot of time in the library, you can spread cloth diaper facts through baby books. Especially if "What You Need to Know about Your Baby" books favor non-reusable diapers, you can help to educate your neighbors by leaving cloth diaper information in the books. Be sure that isn't a violation of rules, and head on over to the baby aisle with advocacy postcards and pamphlets.

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