Avital Norman Nathman

Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. Seven years later, I can still vividly remember those first few hours and days together, despite the foggy haze of sleeplessness I was in. A plethora of hormones coursed through my body, screwing with my…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 10, 2014

Mommie Dearest: The Good, The Meh & The Ugly In 2013 Parenting Headlines

As 2013 draws to a close, let's take a look at the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly in the world of motherhood this past year.
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 24, 2013

Mommie Dearest: On Beyoncé, Motherhood & Feminism

I’m not sure if you heard, but Beyoncé recently dropped a new album, causing everyone to question what they thought they knew about music, videos, and even feminism. Nothing highlights the latter better than both the video for "Pretty Hurts," about airbrushed beauty culture, and her…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 18, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Kids Shouldn’t Believe The World Revolves Around Them

There’s an old Chris Rock bit where he explains that his only job as the father of a girl is to keep her off the pole. The joke itself is a tired one, incredibly sexist with a dollop of slut-shaming on the side. Yet at the center of its warped core i…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 12, 2013

Mommie Dearest: 5 Questions To Ask If You Think You Want To Have Kids

Earlier this week, Jessica asked the question that passes through the mind of many a woman: How do you know — really know — if you want to have kids? It’s a good question and an important one. Kids are a big decision. They’re not like those cute, fuzzy chicks people buy…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 6, 2013

Mommie Dearest: The American Family Has Changed Forever

Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivikkah in our household) is upon us, bringing about the start of the winter holiday season. What better time, then, to think about our families? Regardless of our relationships with our families, there’s no doubt that, for better or worse, they shape who we are. Just in time for the holidays,…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 28, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Ani DiFranco On Patriarchy, Motherhood & “Having It All”

When I arrived at the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, I found folk musician Ani DiFranco in the midst of trying to get her six-month-old son Dante down for a nap. Minutes later I spotted the young baby — still very much awake — strapped into a carrier about to head out…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 20, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Discuss Sex With Our Kids

In the back of my mind, I’ve always felt that if I wasn’t in my current profession, I would absolutely love to be a sex health educator. I remember being that kid — the one whose parents gave her all sorts of illustrated books geared at children illustrating your body and all the “special changes”…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 14, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Going To Hell In A Handbag

There are a lot of worries parents might have as their child heads off to school: academic struggles, not getting along with teachers or classmates, bad behavior. The potential consequences for these concerns are worrisome as well. As a mother (and one who used to teach high school social studies), I don’t think it’s all…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 8, 2013

6 Shows We’re Psyched About For Fall!

I’ll be the first to admit it: I have really random TV watching habits. I’ve never seen "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," or "Scandal," and I even gave up on "Breaking Bad" after ibe season. Yet, I still watch the travesty that is "True Blood," nurture a sick fascination with all the "Real Housewives" series,…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 11, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Don’t Turn Public School Vs. Private School Into A Battle In The Mommy Wars

This week, many kids, including my own, are headed back to school. And, like anything parenting-related, school brings along with it its own heaping pile of judgement. What school do you send your child to? Public? Private? Charter? Or do you homeschool or unschool? Regardless of what might work best for your…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 6, 2013

Real Talk: On Literary Erotica, Part 2

This edition of Real Talk -- read Part 1 here -- delves deep into the seduction that is literary erotica. This week I’m joined by two popular writers within the genre, as well as an avid reader/blogger. We talked tropes, stereotypes, and the stigma surrounding erotica. Delphine Dryden writes award-winning contemporary erotic romance…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 29, 2013

Real Talk: On Literary Erotica, Part 1

This edition of Real Talk delves deep into the seduction that is literary erotica. This week I’m joined by two popular writers within the genre, as well as an avid reader/blogger. We talked tropes, stereotypes, and the stigma surrounding erotica. Delphine Dryden writes award-winning contemporary erotic romance for Carina Press, and mainstream steampunk…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 27, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Breastfeeding Shouldn’t Make Men And Women Unequal As Parents

When it comes to mothering and the so-called “Mommy Wars," the one debate that will seemingly never die is the one centered around breastfeeding. I’ve written extensively about breastfeeding in the past, and in my day job I work on finding accessible ways to educate pregnant women about breastfeeding, in the hope…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 23, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Laverne Cox From “Orange Is The New Black”

A show about women in prison could have easily devolved into mindless titillation or stereotypical boredom. But Netflix’s breakout hit "Orange Is The New Black" has skillfully avoided either trapping. Instead, viewers are treated to a show with well-thought-out story lines, sharp social commentary, diverse, multi-faceted characters with compelling…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 13, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Difference Between ‘Sex’ & ‘Gender’

"So? What are you having?" Throughout my pregnancy, that was the number one question I received, tied only with: “How are you feeling?” At first I was polite about it, telling folks that it was too early to tell, but that we weren’t finding out anyway until the birth. After I passed 20 weeks, I…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 7, 2013

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday. The participants are: Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 2, 2013

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 1

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The second half of our conversation about contraception will run tomorrow. The participants are: Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You ca…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 31, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Royal Poops And All

If the last nine months have taught us anything, it’s that Royal Baby Fever is a real thing. Princess Kate has most likely amassed more headlines than any other woman when it comes to her pregnancy. And, with the Royal Baby having finally descended upon us, I have a feeling that the royal family will…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 23, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 3

In the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict this past weekend, I wanted to gather a group of parents to discuss the jury decision as well as the larger impact of Trayvon Martin’s murder. I especially wanted to hear from fellow mothers of boys, in hopes of fostering dialogue about…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013