Author Archives: Michelle Oxman

About Michelle Oxman

Michelle Oxman is a writer, mom, activist, and recovering attorney who knits for sanity maintenance. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Building Bridges: Bernie Has the Right Idea

Like many prochoice activists, when I first saw this article in Common Dreams, I was surprised and disappointed. Why was Bernie Sanders stumping for an enemy of women’s autonomy? That was my first reaction. But after I thought more about it, my position softened. If Bernie believes that Mello will… Read more »

Rev. Jackson, Please Don’t Pray for Me

I have just returned from the Chicago Tax March. The main message was that President Trump should release his tax returns. We had some great speakers: Rep. Jan Schakowsky, State Sen. Daniel Biss, and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. Rev. Jackson’s talk included lots of familiar chants: “Congress, do your job.”… Read more »

Shift Happens When I Least Expect It

I have always hated housework. I was heavily influenced by Pat Mainardi’s feminist essay, The Politics of Housework. I felt it took away from worthwhile things I could be doing instead, things that would feel better and make me happier. But the fact remained that if no one did it, it… Read more »

Thanks, Leo. I needed to read that post.

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Finding balance is hard. Striving for self-improvement is hard. I bet I’m not the only person who has a hard time balancing work, personal growth, maintenance of mind, body, spirit, and surroundings, creativity, and resistance (or, put more positively, activism). Shoulding on myself So I end up telling myself: I… Read more »