Haddayr Copley-Woods
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  (My commentaries appear regularly on-air on MPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and in their online Commentaries section. My column, which ran in the Women's Press for several years, won the gold Excellence Award from the Minnesota Magazine Publisher's Association.)  
 


Justice & Civil Rights

For some, showing an ID to vote would be harder than you imagine (September 11, 2012)

Another trial that Minnesotans should be watching (April 27, 2012)
CeCe McDonald and the invisibility of trans people of color in the media

Family

Call me "The Complainer" (February 21, 2007)
On my superstitious parenting

There is no end to this rope (January 9, 2007)
On finding out that Arie has Asperger's

Biological and Otherwise (October 3, 2006)
On sexist parenting assumptions

It's Just One Scene (August 23, 2006)
My parenting: good and bad

Confessions of a Food Fundie (July 11, 2006)
My insane reaction to my kids eating normal junk food

Above All, Remain Calm (May 31, 2006)
Another column about Arie's Tourette's

Confronting the monster a mother can’t control (January 11, 2006)
Worries about my son Arie

The pitter-pat of little feet can become deafening (Oct. 5 2005)
My trip away from the kids

Boob acceptance too much of a good thing for this nursing mom (June 1, 2005)
Whining about lactivists

The secret life of men and boys (January 12, 2005) (August 11, 2004
Talking about how great it is to have boys

Friendly advice from the ninth month (September 22, 2004)
Complaining about pregnancy. It's actually not terribly friendly advice, now that I think about it.

A daughter mourns (August 11, 2004)
A eulogy for my dad, Joe Woods, who died suddenly on July 21, 2004 at the age of 59.

Making space for dad at the baby shower (June 30, 2004)
Why women should include men in all aspects of child rearing

An angry white mom's open letter to Channel 9 (May 19, 2004)
An open letter to the media asking why a child molester moving into wealthy Lakeville made statewide news for days while the endless parade of perverts who move to my neighborhood goes without notice

The truth about pregnancy (April 7, 2004)
More complaining about pregnancy (I do tend to go on, don't I?)

Toddler rage and tantrums at GOP politics and policies (December 17, 2003)
Arie's first tantrum, plus of course potshots at Republicans

Celebrating a new woman with a new moon ceremony (August 24, 2005)
An invitation to a Lakota new moon womanhood ceremony

The most important thing in life isn't losing weight (November 5, 2003)
I discuss reaction to my recent weight loss

An anti-fan tries to become a good sport (September 24, 2003)
I discuss sports and Jan's obsessive Red Sox addiction

No alpha earner in this working family (July 2, 2003)
My first column; discusses the media's portrayal of stay-at-home dads and the women married to them

Leave-taking

Goodbye (May 30, 2007)

 


Disability

'Push Girls' takes disabled people out of their usual TV roles (June 6, 2012)

Imagine prone restraint being used on your child (March 7, 2012)

Documentary on disability rights doesn't do justice to the fight it chronicles (December 5, 2011)

Headlines about Lady Gaga's wheelchair missed a more nuanced debate (August 10, 2011)

A word of thanks for the Americans with Disabilities Act (Aired July 23, 2010)

Disability Dos and Don'ts (Aired May 4, 2010)
Minnesota Public radio commentary: etiquette guide for dealing with disabled people

What if impaired mobility didn't bring increased isolation? (April 7, 2010)
MPRNewsQ commentary on the rise in elder suicides

Lack of snow and ice removal hinder physically disabled (Aired January 7, 2010)
Minnesota Public Radio commentary on disablism in lack of ice removal

Insurance may pay for your wheelchair, unless you need it to go someplace (December 29, 2009)
MPRNewsQ commentary on draconian wheelchair policies

Autism & Science

Fraudulent researcher did more than scare parents away from vaccines (January 11, 2011) Minnesota Public Radio commentary on how Wakefield demonized people with autism

Why do media report 'the other side' of scientific fact? (December 8, 2009)
MPRNewsQ commentary on artificial "balance" in scientific reporting

Don't look for the facts about vaccines to change beliefs (February 16, 2010)
MPRNewsQ commentary on "motivated reasoning"

Culture

Don't see the appeal of biking in winter? Maybe you should try it (December 20, 2012)

Still a strange land, but strangers no more (July 11, 2012) My love letter to nerd culture

A holiday to recall our origins as immigrants (November 25, 2010) An MPRNewsQ Commentary for Thanksgiving call asking white people to calm down about immigrations

Powderhorn has problems, yes. And it's a wonderful place to live. (December 1, 2010) Minnesota Public Radio commentary on violence in my neighborhood


Politics

Berglin's departure from the state Senate is a hard blow to those she helped (July 26, 2011)
Weepy goodbye on MPRNewsQ to my hardworking lioness of a Minnesota State Senator

Where Have All The Bluebloods Gone? April 19, 2007
Satire on miniscule tax increases for the wealthy in Twin Cities Daily Planet

Earn It! (November 12, 2006)
A less-than-enthusiastic article about the Democratic takeover of Washington

Imus and Coulter: can you tell the difference? (April 18, 2007)

Please don't shred my constitution (I got up early and everything!) (April 19, 2006)
On civic involvement

Do men even have a place in the abortion debate? (March 8, 2006)

Losing my voice: George Bush might want to consider it (Nov. 16, 2005)

Lies, lies and more big, fat, hairy, stinking lies (July 18, 2005)
A column attacking Minnesota Republicans and their big fat hairy stinking lies

Why I use the F word (and you should, too) (April 20, 2005)
Why all women should call themselves feminists

Our children may one day be amazed we mistook religious zeal for moral values (November 17, 2004)
A call to arms after Bush won the election (and gratitude for past progressives)

Throwaways: an ugly sign of the times (February 11, 2004)
An article about the lack of community interest in the death of a young Black man believed to have gang connections

Dear right-wing nutbars: an open letter to the religious right (August 13, 2003)
Attacking gaybashers

Letter in response to "nutbars" (third letter down)
Two more letters in response to "nutbars" (third one down entitled "Therapy via Copley-Woods," Fifth one down entitled "Not a nutbar." Oh. And yes, you are, honey.)