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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 backgrounds, and stellar performances. One of…

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 can find…

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 how we as mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 19, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 2

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 how we as mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 18, 2013

Real Talk: Mothers Of Sons Respond To The George Zimmerman Verdict, Part 1

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 how we as mother…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 17, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?

Apparently, when it comes to maternity care costs in this country, I lucked out big time. Seven years ago, when I found myself pregnant for the first time, I had just switched from my own insurance to my husband’s much better one, and had only one, $25 co-payment for the entirety of my pregnancy --…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2013

Mommie Dearest: TX State Senator Wendy Davis Shows That For Teen Moms, Anything Is Possible

What do you think about when you hear “teen mom?” Perhaps you think about someone who was arrested for heroin recently, or maybe about someone else who came out with a sex tape (aka made a pornographic movie) with James Deen. Maybe your thoughts immediately went to shameful ad campaigns by Candie’s or New York

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 27, 2013

Mommie Dearest: On Having An Only Child

When I first read a review of Lauren Sandler’s new book, One and Only: The Freedom Of Having An Only Child And The Joy Of Being One , I was hopeful. As the mother of an only child (and with no plans at all to have any more children), I’ve had my fair share of judgement…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 13, 2013

Mommie Dearest: It Sometimes Takes A (Virtual) Village

I’m not going to sugar coat it: Sometimes, this whole parenting gig can be pretty damn hard. Yes, parenting is rewarding and wonderful and absolutely special. But it can also be completely terrifying and difficult and frustrating. And, despite all the parenting books that line the shelves of bookstores, there’s truly no one manual to…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 30, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Pregnancy Is Not A Beauty Contest

When I was pregnant, my clothing had one main requirement: comfort. I was mostly concerned with what would help support my growing belly on my slight frame, especially toward the end of my pregnancy when I developed symphysis pubic dysfunction (a fancy way of saying that my pelvic joint was unstable and caused me near…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 24, 2013

Mommie Dearest: 9 Gifts Mothers Really Deserve This Mother’s Day

Save the breakfast in bed, chocolate, flowers, and handmade macaroni necklaces. This Mother’s Day, I’m after something just a little bit more. On a day created to honor and respect all mothers, I feel that we sometimes fall a little short. And so, I humbly present to you my list of alternative Mother’s Day gifts:…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 9, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Four Months Maternity Leave? We Wish!

Pop star Shakira gave birth to her son, Milan, back in January. Since then, she’s been hard at work promoting her new gig as a judge on the NBC show, "The Voice." As part of that promotion, Shakira spoke with US Weekly and weighed in with some thoughts on motherhood: On getting her pre-baby body back: "I…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 30, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why I’m Bringing My Son To Bowl For Abortion

This past weekend, I spoke on two panels at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s reproductive rights conference. One of my panels, "Bringing Social Justice to the Family Table," tackled how to combine an activist lifestyle with family life. Along with three other panelists/mothers, I spoke about how to foster awareness of the world around…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2013

Mommie Dearest: The Real “Mommy Wars” Are Against Mothers, Not Between Them

One of the worst terms surrounding motherhood is "the Mommy Wars." To be fair, "Mommy Porn" is a really close second (thanks, 50 Shades of Grey!), but when it comes down to it, my disdain for the Mommy Wars knows no bounds. Not only are these "wars" sexist-as-all-get-out — I mean, have you ever heard…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 2, 2013

Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) has recently launched a new ad campaign aimed at teen pregnancy that has caused quite a stir — and rightfully so. The campaign employs some of the most shameful tactics I have ever seen in the name of preventing teen pregnancy. These offensive ads (pictured after the jump)…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 20, 2013

Frisky Q&A: Authors Jennifer Armstrong & Heather Wood Rudulph Discuss “Sexy Feminism”

It’s no big secret that one of the many battles the feminist movement fights against is its own poor PR. Many see feminism as the other "F-word" due to  stereotypes that paint feminists as mean harpies with no sense of humor who hate men, makeup, bras, and shaving their legs. Despite the majority of feminist…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 15, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

For all intents and purposes, I had a pretty textbook pregnancy. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, but that also didn’t mean it was all rainbows and unicorns.I've always wondered why they call it morning sickness, when for many people it lasts all day. At least, that’s what it was like for my when I…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 7, 2013