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Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

Mommie Dearest: The Facebook Crowd-Sourcing Guide To Sleep-Training, Feeding & Vaccinating Your Baby

My Facebook feed is exploding with new babies. Adorable, squishy, big-eyed baby pictures are popping up all over the place, and most of them belong to first time parents. One of the great things about social media is that I have easy access to an array of newborn cuteness, from friends across the globe. At the same time, it’s also a window into “Facebook parenting” — the phenomenon where parents take to social media to ask parenting related questions, and then have to sift through the various (and often contradicting) range of responses. In a recent piece for CNN, Kelly Wallace takes a look at this trend and weighs the pros and cons of sourcing parenting advice from folks on Facebook. Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Pope Francis Gives Breastfeeding In Public His Holy Endorsement

Mommie Dearest: Pope Francis Gives Breastfeeding In Public His Holy Endorsement

Breastfeeding in public just got a major, holy, endorsement. Pope Francis recently told mothers that they could breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. While presiding over the baptism of 33 babies, the leader of the Catholic church said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry.” Later, during the mass, he urged the congregation to think of impoverished women struggling to feed their children.

So, what’s the big deal? Why are people getting all excited by this? I mean, it’s not like the Sistine Chapel doesn’t already have its fair share of boobs all over the place. Artwork notwithstanding, this vocal support for nursing in public by the Pope is rather significant, particularly as mothers in the U.S. are still being hassled for doing so, regardless of their legal rights. Just recently, mother Alanna Panas was kicked out of a Maryland casino for breastfeeding her infant in an empty lobby. Ocean Downs Casino security told Panas that her daughter Lilly was a “security threat,” and told her to leave, despite the fact that Panas was nowhere near the casino floor (where those under 21 are not allowed). The casino eventually reached out with a half-hearted apology, but one that certainly did not make up for the harassment Panas felt. And unfortunately, she’s not alone. Keep reading »

UVA Fraternity Has Been Reinstated After Police Found A Lack Of Evidence Supporting Gang Rape Allegations

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  • The UVA fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone’s gang rape article was reinstated after police found no substantive evidence that a gang rape occurred. [NBC]
  • New York City’s police investigator general has found that New York police officers are too quick to resort to chokeholds, which were banned in 1993. [New York Times]
  • There are a lot of conflicting reasons that people are outraged about the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Are they the right reasons? [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

Alyssa Milano Asks Why Her Breastfeeding Selfie Received More Backlash Than Kim Kardashian’s Naked Pics

  • Actress Alyssa Milano, whose breastfeeding selfie apparently received a ton of backlash, wondered why she took more heat than Kim Kardashian did for her naked Paper magazine photo shoot. She tweeted, “Wait! I don’t get it. No disrespect to Kim but… people are offended by my breastfeeding selfies & are fine with her (amazing) booty cover?” TRUTH. [You Beauty]
  • Kim Kardashian recently spoke to the Australian show “The Project” about her controversial paper photo shoot with photographer Jean-Paul Goude, saying, “I’m never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them.” Wellllll… [Us Weekly]
  • Charles Manson has been granted permission to wed his 26-year-old girlfriend. AND I’M STILL SINGLE. [Us Weekly]
  • Jimmy Kimmel will reveal who has won People‘s coveted (heh) “Sexiest Man Alive” title on his show tonight. I feel like the Ryan Gosling ship has passed, so I’m going to take a guess that the winner will either be Chris Pratt (weird) or maybe Eddie Redmayne? I would give it to Charlie Hunnam though. DAT ASS. [People]

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Mommie Dearest: On Breastfeeding In Bars

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Sometimes it feels like moms who breastfeed in public can’t catch a break. Or, in the case of a Virginia mother, a few sips of beer.

A woman identified as “Crystal” was thrown out of Big Woody’s Bar and Grill for drinking a beer while she nursed her baby. Crystal says she only had one sip before beginning to feed her 11-month old and was going to drink the rest once she finished nursing. Before she was able to, however, a handful of other customers complained and she was asked to leave the restaurant by management. According to the bar’s co-owner, Jeff Leroy (who was not present at the time of the incident), the issue was less with the breastfeeding and more about the drinking of alcohol. Keep reading »

Anthropologie Told Nursing Mom To Feed Her Kid In The Toilet

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  • Breastfeeding moms held a “nurse-in” at Anthropologie after a woman shopping in a Los Angeles store was escorted by a manager to the bathroom to continue feeding her kid. Might I remind you that breastfeeding in public is legal in California? And that no one should have to hang out in the toilet any longer than necessary? [Mommyish]
  • An abortion clinic is closing down in Ohio, bringing a grand total of four clinics that have been closed by the health department under anti-choice Republican Governor John Kasich. [Dayton Daily News]
  • Coping with social stigma affects the quality of transgender women’s relationships, according to a new study. [Autostraddle]
  • Remembering the Black women who have been killed by police. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »
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