Category Archives: Parenting

Mom Blogs About Taking Her Son For Pedicures

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  • I’m loving this post on Raising My Rainbow, a parenting blog hosted on Queerty written by the mother of “a slightly effeminiate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.” In this latest post, she writes about taking her son for pedicures and how rudely everyone in the nail salon behaved. The woman doing the mom’s pedicure actually asked her, “Is that a boy or a girl?” [Queerty]
  • A U.S. District judge ruled on Monday that a chain store called Hobby Lobby must abide by the provisions of Obamacare in regards to contraception; Hobby Lobby has appealed the ruling. [Think Progress]
  • Four generals, four scandals, and a sprawling rape case. [NYmag.com The Cut]
  • Karen Handel, the former executive at Susan G. Komen who left the organization amidst allegations they were politicizing their funding for Planned Parenthood, is reportedly considering a Senate bid. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why Is Facebook So Against Breastfeeding?

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Breastfeeding professor brings sick baby to class, heads explode. Read More »
Rape Jokes On Facebook
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Joking about raping women is cool with Facebook. Read More »
Nursing Video On Porn Site
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Mom sues after "Parents" mag nursing video ends up on a porn site. Read More »

For all the pomp and circumstance of having nursed my son until he was three-years-old, I’ve only ever dealt with somebody negatively commenting on it twice. The first time happened when my son was around 18 months old. We were visiting family in southern Connecticut and ended up at a Johnny Rockets for lunch. A few minutes after being seated, our teenage waitress came over and said that somebody had complained about me breastfeeding my son and informed me that I “couldn’t do that here.” I let her know that, actually, I could, since the state of Connecticut protected my right to nurse my son in public wherever I wanted. She then told me that the restaurant had a special room for nursing, and that I should use that. It turned out that the “special room” was the questionably clean bathroom, and I let her know, again, that I was perfectly fine where I was. She finally left, only to stare at me while snarking behind her hand with her fellow waitresses, and I continued to nurse my son while sipping on my delicious milkshake. Nothing more was said by anyone on the subject (except for my sister-in-law, who ate lunch with us that day and later emailed Johnny Rockets headquarters to let them know what transpired — they sent us free milkshake coupons as an apology). Keep reading »

Riot Grrl Kathleen Hanna On Bikini Kill’s Beginnings

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Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre on being a feminist ambassador. Read More »
Fanzines, A Love Story
On riot grrl, feminism and fanzines. Read More »

“I wanted to be a part of a family. I wanted to be someone who helped girls who’d been abused feel less alone because I’d been one of those girls. How is it that the world is half women, so many of us have experienced rape, battering, and verbal abuse, yet there were very few songs about these issues? I also wanted to make sure young women knew that feminism wasn’t dead just ’cause that’s what all the books and magazines were saying. … Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: A Tale Of Two Gay Penguins

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This gay marriage scaremongering ad is so bad it's good. Read More »
On Bigotry
Andrea Grimes on love, politics and bigotry. Read More »
Children Of Lesbians
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Children of lesbians are happy and academically successful, says study. Read More »

One of the more challenging aspects to being a parent is keeping a handle on all the various things to which your child is exposed. For instance, the many studies pointing to a connection between early exposure to violent media and aggression certainly causes me to think twice about the television shows my almost-six-year old watches. And while I possibly think too much about the potential for him to turn into a pizza-eating, nunchuk-wielding vigilante as an adult due to too much “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” it’s for good reason. Children are highly impressionable sponges, soaking up as much of the world around them, and most parents want to ensure that their children are only soaking up the good stuff.

It makes sense. We’re raising the next generation and all, and we’d like them to be decent, conscientious people who aren’t car-thieving murderers who played too much “Grand Theft Auto” when they were younger. However, for as much as we’d like to have some semblance of control over what they’re exposed to, we’re not with our children every single second of the day. We can’t dictate what they’ll pick up from friends, extra-curricular activities, or school. At some point, we need to trust that we’ve instilled in them the ability to make good and reasonable choices for themselves, despite their seemingly undying love for Ninja Turtles (No, seriously. My son is obsessed. I do sort of fear he may take to the sewers one day). Keep reading »

Hitched: On Mothers-In-Law (And Mother-In-Law Jokes)

I have known since I was a wee child that someday, there would be a woman in my life that I would hate more than any person on the planet. She will be the epitome of all things evil; a seething skin-bag of meddlesome, ignorant lady-pus, hardly worthy to walk among us and yet, walk among us she will. Unabashed, her goal in life will be to make me miserable. She will shame me and mock me and re-fold my towels in the most offensive possible way, all in the name of “helping.” She will make passive aggressive comments about my weight and my pot roast. She will kiss my husband on the mouth in front of me.

She will be my mother-in-law. Keep reading »

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks Princesses On “Sesame Street”

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Meet Sofia, Disney's first Latina princess. Well, sort of. Read More »
Little Boy Princess
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A little boy learns he can't be a princess for Halloween. Read More »
Black Princess
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Awesome mom's reaction when her black son wanted to be a princess. Read More »
Being A Princess Is Not A Career

At some point in the life of many little girls and some little boys there comes the cold, hard realization that you cannot be a princess when you grow up. Think about it: do you really want to spend the rest of your life like Kate Middleton abusing brown eye liner? I thought not. A new clip from “Sesame Street” breaks it to those booger-eaters with the help of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Keep reading »

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