Category Archives: Parenting

Girl Talk: Stop Telling Me I Should Focus On Getting My Old Body Back

Mirror, Mirror: Pregnancy
Kate discusses how being pregnant has affected her body image. Read More »
Reasons To Be Naked
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Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

Well, of course, someone had to take some photos of me at a party, wearing my favorite dress (should I just stop wearing the clothes I love to events where there might photos taken?), bulky, lopsided, unfortunately proportioned, and my pregnant beauty bubble, so to awkwardly speak, was popped.

Shit.

No matter how many times I tell myself patiently, firmly, “NO. Don’t pay attention, the photo is lying!” there’s that part of my mind that goes “But this is the truth! THE TERRIBLE TRUTH IN A RANDOM, IMPERSONAL UNIVERSE WITHOUT A GOD.” My new tactic is better, I think. I tell myself, “So what? So what if I’m ugly?” And that is always more helpful. But at that particular moment there had been much talk of beautiful women, much instant evaluation around me of women as either pretty or dismissible, and it seemed as though it did matter, at least enough. Because even if it’s out of sheer laziness or habit or nothing important or just in passing, people seem to talk about the way women look first, and constantly, and always. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: “Mad Men,” Pregnancy, And The Nuance Of Choice

Ladies Of Mad Men
... versus the creepy dudes of online dating site OK Cupid. Read More »
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megan draper

This post contains spoilers!

Sunday nights are no longer full of Monday dread. I have something to look forward to at the very end of the weekend: a mind-bending episode of “Mad Men.” The show you love, full of characters you hate, and issues you hope to only deal with through barrier of your TV screen: infidelity, corporate hell, violence, and mortality.

For an office drama centered around a 1960s advertising agency, “Mad Men” has tackled very nuanced issues that remain relevant topics in our day and age. Anyone who watches the show knows the terrible way that women are treated: sexual harassment, rape, sexism, domestic violence, infidelity. And as of Sunday, all of the major female characters have experienced pregnancy. Keep reading »

Dad’s Amazing Story Of How His Son Got The “Sofia The First” DVD

Little Boy Princess
What Would You Do? Halloween
A little boy learns he can't be a princess for Halloween. Read More »

Okay, so this story is a little old, but I’m posting because it’s still utterly charming:  a little boy wanted the “Sofia The First” DVD, a random douchebag in line piped up to say the kid shouldn’t watch “girl movies,” the boy’s dad defended his son’s right to watch princess flicks, and then some lady in line offered to buy the kid “Sofia The First” because seeing a dad stick up for his kid’s girly interests made her day. Yay, there are good people in the world! [Her.ie]

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

I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »

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 us and how to engage our children in social justice issues from an early age. We spoke about our pre-kid lives as activists and how we wove it all in when we became parents. For many on the panel, including myself, that involved work in the reproductive rights movement.

I’ve written before about how becoming a mother has only strengthened my pro-choice beliefs, and I made sure to reiterate that stance while on the panel. I think there is a fear surrounding motherhood, that the moment you pop out a baby, all other aspects of your identity cease to exist and you become solely “mommy.” While there was certainly a period of transition while I figured out how to connect this new aspect of my identity with what was already there, I eventually found ways to make it all work harmoniously together.

When my son was only a few months old, I placed him snug against my chest in a baby carrier and manned a table for Planned Parenthood during a sidewalk sale event in my town. I handed out condoms and pamphlets on birth control and STI prevention while discreetly nursing my son in his sling. I spoke with people about the best ways to schedule appointments while my gurgling baby babbled happily away. Nobody seemed to bat an eye at the fact that my son was with me as I volunteered. Keep reading »

Where Are The Black Barbie Birthday Themes?

Barbie Vs. Reality
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Katie Halchishick depicts Barbie vs. reality in O Magazine. Read More »
black barbie

Karen Braithwaite is a mom any Barbie lover would be lucky to have: she is asking Mattel to make birthday party merchandise featuring black Barbie dolls.

Mattel already sells black Barbie dolls (Barbie’s black friend Christie appeared in 1968; these days Barbie herself is black) and certain black Barbie items, such as stickers. But their sets of party goodies — cups, plates, etc. — do not include a complete set with black Barbies. All the full sets portray Barbie as white.   Keep reading »

The 13 Hottest Baby Names Of 2013 (So Far) & What They Say About US

Your Baby's Name...
...and what it says about you! Read More »
Super Sexy Names
Some names are hotter than others... Read More »

You can thank “Girls” for this: according to some new baby name study from baby-naming experts Nameberry, Marnie is the top hot new baby name of 2013. Why people would want their kid to share a name with a whiny, self-absorbed, terrible-singing character on an HBO show is beyond me, but there you go. One man’s warbly bitch is another’s cute baby name. After the jump, the rest of Nameberry’s list, and what we imagine might be the motivation behind the sudden rise in popularity of these names.

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

Feminist & SAHM?
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Breaking news: you can be a feminist and a stay-at-home-mom. Read More »
Breastfeeding on Time
TIME magazine breastfeeding cover photo
Time magazine's breastfeeding cover is just a tad provocative. Read More »
Stay At Home Dads
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Do they really parent that differently from stay-at-home moms? Read More »
mommie wars

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 of the “Daddy Wars”? — but they’re also steeped in a hell of a lot of privilege, something that is rarely acknowledged in all the news stories, magazine covers, and internet blurbs that love to trot out the term. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Fifth Grade Boys Plotted To Rape, Murder Female Classmate

Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »
CNN on Steubenville
They're mourning the lives of the rapists. Read More »
Teaching Boys Feminism
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How to teach boys to be feminists. Read More »

When I was a 10-year-old, the worst thing a boy did to me was put Scotch tape in my hair. If only! Proof that society is going down the toilet: two fifth grade boys in Colville, Washington, have first-degree murder conspiracy charges against them for plotting to rape and kill their female classmate. They were discovered on February 7 after a child saw one of the boys playing with a knife on the school bus; in a backpack, the kids had a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol (stolen from a family member) and ammunition. One of the boys explained, “She’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends.” Keep reading »

I’m Sorry, But I Don’t Think Victoria’s Secret’s Line For Teens & Tweens Is A Big Deal

Abstinence Panties
"Pro-abstinence" panties will keep teen girls from getting pregnant, right? Read More »
Crotchless Thongs
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Mom finds crotchless thongs for sale in a teen/tween clothing store. Read More »
College Girl Panties
The 10 types of underwear every college girl needs. Read More »
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High school students wear underwear. Middle schoolers, even!

Crazy, I know. That’s who Victoria’s Secret’s new line, Bright Young Things, is targeting: the girls who are a little too young for the Pink line of mostly cotton panties, thongs, sweatpants and tees.

This is making lots of people upset.

Pink’s Bright Young Things line is an extension of those products, but marketed directly towards teens and tweens. Panties from the Bright Young Things lime include lacy panties and thongs with slogans reading “Feeling Lucky?”, “Call Me” and “Wild.” Said Limited Brands’ Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer at a conference in January, “When somebody’s 15 or 16 years old, what do they want to be? They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink.” Keep reading »

Babies Prepared To Be Brides Right Out Of The Womb!

Baby Mops!
Have a baby and a dirty floor? Then you've got yourself a Baby Mop. Read More »
Babyccino
baby drinking photo
Coffee drinks for babies? What? Read More »
The New Baby Shower
New trends in showers. Read More »

Your little nugget still shits her diapers, but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t being prepared for the most important role she’ll ever play in life: future bride. It’s never too early to start thinking about that ring on your finger. Seriously, Zulily.com, what are you thinking? A crystal-encrusted onesie advertising a newborn baby as a bride-to-be is all the proof I need the wedding industrial complex has gone haywire. [Jezebel]

 

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