Posts tagged "motherhood"

Mommie Dearest: The Year In Motherhood Headlines

Motherhood is one hot topic. From magazine covers that pushed people’s buttons to daily headlines on both news and gossip sites, moms were praised, targeted, and questioned.

While most headlines were pure click bait, some were actually attached to insightful, thought-provoking pieces. As we head into 2013, let’s take a look back at…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / January 2, 2013

Girl Talk: Motherhood & The Tragedy At Sandy Hook Elementary

I am not a mother. This fact has kept me from expressing my heartbreak over the shootings in Sandy Hook. In the aftermath of this horrifying event, I’ve watched countless friends — mothers, all of them — post wrenching status updates on Facebook. I’ve read them, feeling oddly ashamed inside. These moms talked of compassio…

By: Catherine Zuckerman / December 21, 2012

Mommie Dearest: Why Toy Catalogs Make Me Roll My Eyes

Mommie Dearest is The Frisky’s new biweekly column about being a mama.

I have a love/hate relationship with catalogs. There are some that I love to flip through and pretend that I have the money to burn. Who wouldn’t want her own cotton candy machine, night vision goggles, or handcrafted teak patio furniture?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 29, 2012

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…

By: Andrea Grimes / November 14, 2012

Study: Children With Lesbian Parents Are Not Screwed Up

Lesbians are great parents whose children are happy with life and academically successful, according to the findings of a study conducted by the Williams Institute. [Queerty]
A cultural history of mansplaining. [The Atlantic]
A Wisconsin politician said he had to become a lobbyist because “my wife loves to shop.” You know, women

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2012

The Soapbox: Trying to Make Sense Of The NYC Nanny Murders

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.

Last week, two young children, Leo and Lulu Krim, were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny in their home in Manhattan. The children’s mother discovered the bodies as Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny, began to hack at her own throat. Although the nanny survived, she is hospitalized and…

By: Kate McGuinness / October 30, 2012

Awesome Mom’s Reaction When Her Black Son Wanted To Be A Princess

Last week we watched an interesting social experiment on the TV show “What Would You Do?” where actors playing a mom and kids went to a Halloween costume store looking for non-gender-conforming costumes. A little boy begged to be a princess and a little girl begged to be Spiderman, while nosy shoppers (mostly) discouraged the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2012

The Soapbox: On Disney’s First Latina Princess

“Disney is releasing a Latina princess soon, mija,” I declared to my daughter as we drove away from her school and on our way to pick up her dad. “Good!” she said firmly. But of course, I rarely let that be the end of any conversation. “Why good?” I probed.

What followed wa…

By: Veronica Arreola / October 29, 2012

Irish Politician To Swap Lives With Single Mother For A Week

Like an episode of “Wife Swap” with feminist underpinnings and adorable accents,  an Irish politician plans to swap lives for a week with a single mother of three.

Senator John Gilroy from County Cork in Ireland will live trade lives with Andrea Gagley, an activist with Single Parents Acting For The Rights Of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2012

The Soapbox: No, Nickelodeon, Mothers Do Not Need Our Own TV Channel

I’m a TV junkie. Once my kid finally falls asleep, you’ll find me splayed out on the couch, flipping through the over 800 channels we apparently subscribe to. And my tastes run rampant: I’m just as happy sitting through an hour of “Alphas” on the Syfy channel as I am watching Barry’s antics on “Storage…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 16, 2012

The Soapbox: On “Helicopter Parents” And “Free Range Kids”

I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 4, 2012

The Soapbox: A Black Mom-in-Chief Is Revolutionary — What White Feminists Get Wrong About Michelle Obama

It does my heart good to see women of all races embrace Michelle Obama. It is too rare indeed for a brown-skinned woman, a descendant of slaves, a product of Chicago’s South Side to be lauded on an international stage. Considering the heavy burden of stereotype still faced by black women, I cheer a little…

By: Tami Winfrey-Harris / September 12, 2012

The Soapbox: In Response To The Archetype Of The “Woman-Child”

I’m sure you know a person like me. I’m one of the maybe five people in this country over the age of 16 who’s seen every episode of a teen gymnastics show called “Make it Or Break It.” At 29 years old, I do my own taxes, pay my own bills, put my own furniture…

By: Megan Reynolds / September 11, 2012

Mom Trades In SUV For Family Bike; Makes The Rest Of Us Look Incredibly Lazy

This is Emily Finch, a mother of six who traded in her gas-guzzling Suburban for a thigh-burning family bike. Apparently a full load of kids, gear, and groceries can weigh up to 550 pounds, but Finch keeps pedaling away in her cute wedge sandals, making sure to “rotate kids into pumping position to keep them…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 11, 2012

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Fires Back Against Sexist Questions

This week at the National Democratic Convention, sexism seeped out of the mouths of three Chicago Sun-Times reporters when asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan about her potential run for governor.

The reporters, Dave McKinney, Fran Spielman, and Natasha Korecki, raised the question of “whether she could serve as governor and still raise her kid…

By: Daley Quinn / September 7, 2012

New Mom Snooki Is Sleep-Deprived & Loving It!

It sounds like baby Lorenzo’s first night home was a long one, but his adoring mom Snooki isn’t complaining: “Hardly any sleep but SO worth it!” she Tweeted to her friends and followers today.

The 24-year-old Jersey Shore star and her fiance Jionni LaValle welcomed their son Lorenzo Dominic just yesterday, and congratulatio…

By: Celebrity Baby Scoop / August 27, 2012

Breastfeeding Mom Banned From Maryland Gym

A breastfeeding woman in Annapolis, Maryland, has been banned from her gym because she refused to cover up. However, Maryland law says women are allowed to breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be with their children. [Capital Gazette]
An interview with a lapsed Christian virgin about “purity.” [The Hairpin]
On the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels Talks About Being A Porn Star Parent

“I try to do something fun with her every day. I just consider myself to be especially blessed, and people who knock porn, well, it affords me to be with my daughter … [When she's old enough] I’ll tell her Mommy has a job that some people don’t approve of, but Mommy’s proud of it…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 23, 2012

The Soapbox: Yes, Women Writers Without Kids “Understand Human Emotions”

The death of Irish novelist Maeve Binchy earlier this week has inspired a lot of articles, most of them warm tributes to her kind heart, quick wit, and writing ability.

British novelist Amanda Craig took a different tack.

In a piece published today by The Telegraph, she wonders whether Binchy might have been a…

By: Diane Shipley / August 3, 2012

Adele Just Wants To Line Dance & Other Weirdo Pregnancy Cravings Of The Stars

We always knew Adele had a set of pipes, but it turns out she’s got dancing feet, too. The pregnant songstress was recently seen at a line-dancing class with some of her friends. Adele apparently picked up the country dance style after traveling throughout the U.S. and liked it so much she brought a line-dancing…

By: The Frisky / July 17, 2012
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