Who Owns The Dead? (The New Republic)Photo by MudflapDC

Who Owns The Dead? (The New Republic)

A small but growing group of women like Knox are slowly building a movement to change our modern, big-business approach to death. They call themselves home funeral guides or death midwives.

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Oxytots: Instead of learning from the unfounded hysteria of the crack baby era, we’re repeating it (Slate)Photo by Roberto Carlos Pecino Martinez

Oxytots: Instead of learning from the unfounded hysteria of the crack baby era, we’re repeating it (Slate)

As we now know, the mass hysteria over “crack babies” and their deviant mothers was unfounded. Crack cocaine doesn’t do the kind of damage we thought it did to developing babies. Unfortunately, instead of learning from this heady mix of bad science, a sensationalist press, over-reaching prosecutors, and the narrative of the selfish mother content to damage her baby, we’re repeating it.

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