Category Archives: Parenting

Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

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NYC's new teen pregnancy PSAs are pissing everyone off. Read More »
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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) feature crying babies and blaming language that the HRA hopes will turn teenagers off from becoming parents.

Much of the wording places the onus of teen parenthood directly on the mother. Only one ad talks directly to young men (focusing on how much money he’ll have to pay in support), while the rest weigh heavily on the shoulders of young women, with one specifically focusing on how it’s highly likely a teen mom will end up raising her baby alone.

Is becoming a teen parent ideal or easy? No. Nobody is saying it is. But the way to go about preventing teen pregnancy isn’t by shaming and blaming those who already are young parents. The money that was spent on this horrible (and most likely ineffective) ad campaign could have been put to better use in more widespread comprehensive sex-education programs within the city. Keep reading »

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Child Model
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Meet Ryan, a 6-year-old model with Down syndrome. Read More »
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Remixed toy ads tell the truth about gendered marketing. Read More »

Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing “the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome,” Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah’s almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit from a doll that looked more like them, so she created Dolls For Downs, a new line of dolls for children with Down syndrome. Keep reading »

Another Day, Another Mother Giving Her Baby A Bong Hit

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Mother arrested for posting pics of her baby with a bong on Facebook. Read More »
Baby Keg Stand
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"It was a joke that wasn't really funny"

Rachel Braaten of Washington was arrested after this video of her giving her 22-month-old son a bong hit surfaced.”I guess it was a joke and a stupid mistake that wasn’t really funny,” the 24-year-old told authorities.

I would strongly, strongly agree with that statement. Never has a joke failed so heinously.Braaten is facing charges for delivering a controlled substance to a minor. Her fiancee Tyler Lee, the child’s father, who was not involved in the incident, facing charges of his own. Lee was arrested for selling marijuna and unlawful possession of a firearm.The 22-month-old and the couple’s 5-year-old child are in custody of the state.

This incident is a grim reminder that there are so many people out there who should not be allowed to reproduce.

Sadly, this is not the first baby bong smoking incident. Back in 2010, Rachel Stieringer was arrested for posting pics of her baby smoking a bong on Facebook. [Huffington Post]

Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Rescue Mario

Damsel In Distress
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Anita Sarkeesian on tropes of women in video games. Read More »
Girl Gamer
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Don't patronize me with your video game's "girlfriend mode." Read More »
Rape In Duke Nukem
You almost get raped in the Duke Nukem game and then slapped silly. Read More »
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Pauline Saves Mario!

Rescuing the “damsel in distress” is one of the most common stereotypes in video games. But this game developer wanted daughter to be able to save the day, as a girl, so he hacked Donkey Kong and enabled Pauline to rescue Mario. “My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together,” he explained on YouTube. “Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Peach in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that.” A little bit of hacker magic and voila!  [Polygon]

Italian Town Gives Pregnant Women & New Moms Their Own Parking Spaces

Sexist Parking Spaces
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German mayor helpfully allocates parking spaces just for dudes. Read More »
Diddling In The Car
Men, you really need to stop jerking off while you're driving. Read More »
Good At Parking
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Women are pretty good at parking cars, contrary to stereotype. Read More »
Special Parking Privileges
Should pregnant ladies get to park in no-standing zones? Read More »
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Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing out the gesture only serves to reinforce women’s traditional role as mothers: Keep reading »

Tina Fey Won’t Talk Badly About Her Body Or Food In Front Of Daughters

Tina Vs. Taylor
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
Taylor Swift is upset by a joke that Tina and Amy made at her expense. Read More »
"30 Rock" Set Pics
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See pics of "30 Rock" cast and crew from the last day on set. Read More »
Mean Girls The Musical?
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Tina Fey says Paramount is interested in a musical version of "Mean Girls." Read More »
  • Tina Fey is the exactly the rad mama we always thought she was: the “30 Rock” star said she tries “not to speak badly about my body or food things in front of them. And I never talk to them about their bodies in terms of anything but being healthy.” She also listens to “Free To Be … You & Me” with her girls, but is happy to report some of the songs are outdated.  [Eonline]
  • In other news, Tina’s hubby Jeff Richmond confirmed that “Mean Girls” the musical is coming and that “Fetch” will definitely be a song. I die. [Splitsider]
  • March 24th is coming up: here’s how to throw your own “The Breakfast Club”-themed party. [The Hairpin]
  • Anderson Cooper set foot in a strip club once. He talked to the ladies about their shoes. [Refinery29] Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

Fired Over Pregnancy
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Christian college fired woman for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Read More »
Morning Sickness
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His wife has the same acute morning sickness as Kate Middleton. Read More »
Kicking Out Pregnant Girls
Louisiana school says they'll stop kicking out pregnant girls. Read More »
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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 was pregnant with my son. I’d wake up feeling nauseous and no amount of Saltines or ginger chews left by my bedside table to nibble on first thing ever helped. I felt the equivalent of sea sick all day: unbalanced, dizzy, and foggy. For the first few months, my weekends were spent in gentle yoga classes when I could afford them or lounging on my couch catching up on grading.

My weekdays were much less bearable. I taught high school social studies and I always had to be “on” and engaging, despite my roiling stomach that hardly gave me a minute’s relief. More than once I would call out a hasty plea to “please read page 44 and I’ll be right back” before booking it to the nearest bathroom and hugging the questionably clean toilet. But “morning” sickness was only the tip of the iceberg. I also had to deal with sweaty teenage boys who thought cologne was an acceptable coverup for post-gym stink (it’s not), as well as whatever horribly pungent odors wafted up from the cafeteria. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Teen Pregnancy PSAs Pissing Everyone Off

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  • New York City’s Human Resources Administration has introduced new PSAs about teen pregnancy which serve up a dose of “real talk” to teens with statistics about teen parents. The ads have been derided as “terrible” and “horrible” for shaming teen moms and focusing mostly on the girls’ choices and not the boys. You can see the whole host of ads at the link. What do you think of these PSAs? Let us know in the comments. [NYC.Gov]
  • Yesterday Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe vetoed his state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize abortions after 12 weeks, and today the Arkansas State Senate overrode his veto. The bill would still have to be overridden by the Arkansas House to take effect, however. UPDATE: The House passed the bill today, meaning Arkansas has adopted the most restrictive ban on abortions in the U.S. [NBC News, New York Times]
  • At long last, President Obama is set to sign the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursday. Hooray! [USA Today]
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Seriously, The Most Insane Surrogacy Story You’ve Ever Heard

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
Teen Sues To Keep Baby
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A Texas teen sues her parents for the right not to have an abortion. Read More »

When Crystal Kelley agreed to carry a child for a Connecticut couple, she was expecting a happy ending. The 31-year-old (29 at the time), who had been a surrogate before, enjoyed helping couples with fertility problems. The couple’s frozen embryo was implanted into Kelley’s uterus and the pregnancy took. Everything seemed to be going as planned until Kelley went for her five-month ultrasound. Tests confirmed that the baby had a cleft lip and palate, a cyst in the brain, and a complex heart abnormality. This is when everything went to hell in a hand basket.

Considering the findings, the parents felt that the most “humane option” would be for Kelley to consider “pregnancy termination.” Kelley adamantly opposed the idea of terminating the pregnancy.

“They said they didn’t want to bring a baby into the world only for that child to suffer. … They said I should try to be God-like and have mercy on the child and let her go … I told them that they had chosen me to carry and protect this child, and that was exactly what I was going to do … I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God,” Kelley said. Keep reading »

Woman Fired For Getting Pregnant Out Of Wedlock, While Baby Daddy Offered Job At Same Place

Kicking Out Pregnant Girls
Louisiana school says they'll stop kicking out pregnant girls. Read More »
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Gun At Pregnant Smoker
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A man pointed a gun at a pregnant woman because she was smoking. Read More »
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  • A 29-year-old woman is suing the Christian college in San Diego, California, which fired her for getting pregnant out of wedlock. The woman had signed a “covenant” agreeing to “moral behavior,” including no premarital sex, but the agreement did not stipulate she would be fired. The school seemed to have no problem with her now-husband’s sex out of wedlock, though, because even after they had fired her, they offered him a job. [Feministing]
  • VIDA Women in Literary Arts’ annual byline count of men vs. women is depressing as usual.  [Poynter]
  • On how working mothers are seen as less competent and more irrational than other women. [The Atlantic]
  • Mortgage lenders are also in trubs for disqualifying pregnant women and women on maternity leave from receiving mortgages, which runs afoul of the Fair Housing Act. [MSN]
  • A survey about rape/nonconsensual penetration from five years ago has been leaked to the school newspaper, The Daily Princetonian. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
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