Category Archives: Parenting

Today’s Lady News: Little Girls & Their Pink Things Make For A Fascinating Photo Project

My Little Pony
Author Peggy Orenstein has a bone to pick with My Little Pony dolls. Read More »
Pink Stinks For Toys
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Some parents are upset their little girls are given pink toys. Read More »
Sexist Beliefs
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Sexist beliefs are passed down more from mothers than fathers, study finds. Read More »
The Pink & Blue Project photo
  • As if you needed further proof that toy companies are ruthless when it comes to marketing “girls” and “boys” toys in the basest way possible: “The Pink & blue Project,” by photographer JeongMee Yoon, captures little girls and their pink — very pink — toys, dolls, shoes and clothes. [Flavorwire]
  • Feminist activists Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan and Jane Fonda say it’s time for the FCC to step in and deal with Rush Limbaugh, who recently called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on-air. I suspect the FCC is too busy keeping an eagle-eye out for wardrobe malfunctions. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Here’s a delightful compendium of Rush Limbaugh’s worst comments about women … [Seattle PI]
  • … including a special focus on his use of the word “feminazi.” [Media Matters For America] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: I’ve Been A Single Mom And Rick Santorum Can Kiss My Ass

Ann Hates Single Moms
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Ann Coulter trashed single mothers on the "Today" show. Read More »
Rick To Rape Victims
Rick Santorum talks to Piers Morgan
"Make the best out of a bad situation!" Read More »
Santorum on Lesbians
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Says being a lesbian is a "choice." Read More »

Senator Rick Santorum — long known for his insightful analyses of same-sex marriage (a mere gateway, as he alluded, to human-dog couples) and more recently for his repudiation of education — proclaimed in 1994 that before single mothers continued on their heedless quest to destroy the “fabric of the country,” they needed a swift “kick in the butt.”

I was a single mom, living separately from my child’s father or any other adult, until my son was four. I worked full-time in order to support myself and my child and, during that time, there were many things I needed: child care that I could both trust and afford, health insurance (I worked freelance and was responsible for paying for own medical care), and the occasional night off. Topping that list, I now realize, should have been a kick in the butt.

Frankly, I’m flattered that a busy family man of Santorum’s stature would be willing to take time out of his day to spur me on, literally, as a responsible cowboy would his trusty (but, face it, lazy) horse. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Statewide Breastfeeding “Nurse-In” Happening In Georgia On Monday

  • Last summer, Nirvana Jennette’s pastor compared her breastfeeding her baby in a Georiga church to stripping. Now she and other breastfeeding advocates have organized a nurse-in on Monday at five sites around the state demanding Georgia toughen its breastfeeding laws. [TIME]  
  • A criminal complains has been filed this week against a suburban New York woman named Annie George who kept an immigrant Indian woman as a slave in her home, forcing her to work 17-hour days seven days a week and sleep in a walk-in closet. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center was tipped off to the immigrant woman’s working conditions. [Raw Story]
  • Maryland’s governor signed a bill yesterday legalizing gay marriage, which takes effect in 2013. [Wall Street Journal Keep reading »

What The Hell Is A “Babyccino”?

Creepy Robot Baby
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This mother gave her eight-year-old botox. Read More »
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Too hip for apple juice? Try a babyccino — a coffee drink for babies. It’s what all the urban lumberjacks in man buns are putting in their offspring’s sippy cups. 

According to the Brooklyn Paper, coffee shops in hipster neighborhoods are frequently requested to make a child-sized small decaf cappuccino for $2. Another popular “babyccino” recipe is steamed milk and foam with cinnamon sprinkled on top. One barista in Brooklyn said she sells as many as 10 babyccinos a day. Keep reading »

Funny Or Die Removed Comic’s “Obscene” Breastfeeding Skit (NFSW)

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Breast Milk Attack!
Why did this woman attack cops -- with breast milk? Read More »
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… because what is more obscene than feeding your hungry children?!  I mean, UGH.

I am being hyperbolic; the comedy site Funny Or Die was not. Comedian Ahna Tessler is a breastfeeding mama of twins and she submitted a skit of herself, which incorporated the breastfeeding, on Funny Or Die. The short skit called “Leah Got A Job” is about a woman who just got hired as an art teacher even though she hates children — and while she’s bitching about kids, the camera pans down to where a baby is latched to each boob. It’s shocking only because seeing a woman breastfeeding her child on camera is shocking — after two seconds of shock, it’s just “oh, she’s feeding the kids.” The video isn’t even that funny. Overall, it’s not a big deal.

At least, not to me. Funny Or Die thought differently. According to The New York Times, Ahna Tessler’s video was flagged as “obscene” — perhaps by a moderator — and not published. But what’s really a headscratcher is that her previous Funny Or Die videos were all taken down and her account with the site was suspended. Keep reading »

Say “Nay!” To “My Little Pony” Talking Princess Celestia Doll

I Want To Be A Princess
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This woman auditioned to be a princess at Disneyland. Read More »
Yet Another Princess
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Oh, yes, there's another one. Read More »
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Rebecca Hains, best be known these days as the woman who got busted by the TSA for trying to take a red velvet cupcake through airport security, is, in her real life a media studies professor at Salem State University and author of Growing Up With Girl Power; Girlhood on Screen and in Every Day Life. She is also mother to a little boy who loves “My Little Pony,” a show, Rebecca says on her blog, that, like the beloved Powerpuff Girls, appeals equally to both sexes, defying the notion that boys/men won’t watch stories about girls/women.

I have to admit I’m not a “My Little Pony” aficianado — my daughter was never into them and I recalled the old show as being inane, and largely about selling toys (the fact that the ponies were revived for the Hub, a TV station owned by Hasbro, and are skinnier and “prettier” in their new incarnation only reinforced those impressions). Creator Lauren Faust writes on the Ms. Magazine blog that she was not initially a fan, either:

[Shows based on girls’ toys] did not reflect the way I played … I assigned my ponies and my Strawberry Shortcake dolls distinctive personalities and sent them on epic adventures to save the world. On TV, though, I couldn’t tell one girl character from another and they just had endless tea parties, giggled over nothing and defeated villains by either sharing with them or crying – which miraculously inspired the villain to turn nice. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Screw Up Their Children As Much As Bigots Might Hope

  • Adolescent children of lesbian parents are just as well-adjusted and happy with their quality of life as their peers whose parents are of the opposite sex, according to a study of 17-year-olds by the University of Amsterdam. [Think Progress
  • Women cancer survivors are now lobbying for a bald Barbie doll. [Boston.com]
  • Why does the international auto show in Detroit still use pretty women as eye candy? [Guardian UK]
  • Check out these new “Men Can Stop Rape” PSAs. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Help Bring Breastfeeding Back To “Sesame Street”!

In order for breastfeeding to be seen as “normal” and natural, and not frowned upon in public, we clearly need to be doing more than what we are doing. The nurse-ins are wonderful, and extremely supportive for nursing moms, but to the general public may be seen as a big nuisance. Which is why I think it’s a good idea for older kids to see moms breastfeeding. No need to hide this natural act. Older kids don’t have to go to a bathroom to eat, why should babies?

I’ve always loved the clip of Buffy nursing Cody and explaining it to Big Bird on Sesame Street. Why did segments featuring babies eating from the breast go away? Not sure. Throughout the show’s history, there were numerous nursing moms on the show, but that stopped sometime during the ’90s. Thankfully mom Lani Michelle of the blog Boobie Time (love it!) has started a petition to get Elmo and friends to welcome some breastfeeding moms on their show. Great idea, Lani! We need to support this! Read more…

Meet Ryan, 6-Year-Old Child Model With Down Syndrome

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Parents of Down syndrome son post controversial photo on Facebook. Read More »
Style Inspiration: Kids!
Preschool kids these days have rad style. Read More »
Ryan Down syndrome model photo

Hold onto your ovaries, ladies! This is Ryan. He’s six years old, a child model for Nordstrom and Target, and living happily with Down syndrome. His mom writes that modeling is “an extreme confidence booster.” Also, “He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for him!” (Thinking everybody is there for him? Yup, sounds like a model all right.) We hope Ryan sticks with modeling and keeps sharing his cuteness with the world. [The Daily What via NoahsDad.com]

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