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

By: Sarah Gray / April 17, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 16, 2013
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… More »

Where Are The Black Barbie Birthday Themes?

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 6, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Julie Gerstein / April 5, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Avital Norman Nathman / April 2, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2013
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 i… More »

Babies Prepared To Be Brides Right Out Of The Womb!

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2013
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,, what are you thinking? A crystal-encrusted onesie advertising a newborn baby as a… More »

Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 20, 2013
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)… More »

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013
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… More »

Another Day, Another Mother Giving Her Baby A Bong Hit

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 13, 2013
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… More »

Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Rescue Mario

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013
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 game… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 11, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 7, 2013
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… More »

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 7, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2013
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… More »

Seriously, The Most Insane Surrogacy Story You’ve Ever Heard

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 5, 2013
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 a… More »

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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2013
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'… More »

Josh Duhamel Is Already Being The Cutest Dad Ever

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 2, 2013
"I’ve had full conversations with the baby already. I’m trying my best to communicate from beyond the womb. Whether it can hear me, I don’t know, but I’m talking to it a lot." --Josh Duhamel tells People about the lengthy chats he's been having with Fergie's pregnant belly. And it gets even better, as he… More »

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