Parenting

Ann Romney On Working Moms: “Thank Goodness That We Value Those People”

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2012

“I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”
– Ann Romney spoke to Republicans in Connecticut… More »


Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Temper Tantrum

By: Tiffanie Drayton / April 23, 2012

Six-year-old girl Salecia Johnson landed herself in the slammer recently after throwing a temper tantrum. Georgia police arrived at Creekside Elementary School where the kindergartener was accused of tearing items off the walls, throwing furniture and knocking down a bookshelf that “injured” the principal. When officials attempted to calm her, she “resisted,” so cops handcuffed… More »


The Soapbox: On Ann Romney & Women “Marrying Up”

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2012

Another day, another bombastically link-baity piece on the Internet to get everyone’s feathers ruffled!

Today’s linkbait comes courtesy of The New York Daily News op-ed page, in which writer S.E. Cupp hammers away at Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen for a foot-in-mouth comment she made on “Anderson Cooper 360″ last week, that stay-at-home  mother… More »


The Seahorses Are On To Something

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 11, 2012

Right about now, I’m wishing I were a seahorse. Their mating/reproduction/parenting model sounds absolutely ideal and egalitarian. You lay the eggs, he carries the babies and you take care of him while he’s knocked up. I could be down for this setup. Can we make this happen for humans? [Buzzfeed]

Artwork by HumonMore »


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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 16, 2012

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,… More »


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

By: Jennifer Baumgardner / March 14, 2012

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… More »


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

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 2, 2012

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 suburba… More »


What The Hell Is A “Babyccino”?

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

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… More »


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

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2012

… 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… More »


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

By: Peggy Orenstein / January 20, 2012

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 DayMore »


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

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 12, 2012

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… More »


Help Bring Breastfeeding Back To “Sesame Street”!

By: The Stir / January 11, 2012

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’… More »


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

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 5, 2012

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… More »


2012’s Top Baby Names: Is Your Name On The List?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2012

The “Human Barbie” Mom Needs More Attention Again

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2012

Last time we left heard from “the Human Barbie,” Sarah Burge of the UK had taught her seven-year-old daughter Poppy how to pole dance and had given her a boob job voucher for her birthday. Now she’s made her little girl’s dreams come true yet again by gifting her a $4,500 liposuction voucher. For Christmas. I… More »


Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

By: Veronica Arreola / January 2, 2012

This is not the change I voted for. Nor how I thought the year would end for women’s rights in the USA. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius recently overruled scientists at the Federal Drug Administration and blocked a move to allow for Plan B emergency contraception, also known as the morning after… More »


Our Kind Of Parenting Book

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 26, 2011

Good to know we can still say the word “titty” after we poop one out. Stay tuned for the follow-up book, How Soon Until I Can Drink Again? [BuzzFeed]… More »


Girls Can Like Superheroes, Boys Can Like Pink Stuff

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 25, 2011

Let’s do the Time Warp, yeaaaah!

Amelia has gone back in time and unearthed a video of Baby Jessica Wakeman (real name: Riley), who is just as opinionated as she is in adult form. Riley is seen shopping in a toy store, with a man I presume is her father, when she goe… More »


Motherhood Only Makes Ani Di Franco More Radical

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2011

“I do a lot of interviews where people ask, ‘Now that you’re all happy and content are you going to lose your edge?’ Like there’s nothing edgy about being a mom. Which means that as we all become parents, songs are not written for us anymore, and we have to relive our youth to get… More »


Girl Talk: People Have Strong Feelings About My Ovaries

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 15, 2011

When you’re 32, have no serious romantic prospects besides the one(s) in your head, most of your close friends are getting married or having babies, and the only thing you’re sure of is that you’d like to have a baby someday too, you spend a lot of time thinking about how that’s going to happen. More »


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