Posts tagged "Parenting"

Today’s Lady News: On Being Over 50 And Pregnant

New York magazine has a controversial piece about whether it's unethical — morally, biologically, etc. — to be 50+ and pregnant, which is now possible thanks to science. Rather than wrap my head around that conundrum, I'm going to marvel at what it must be like for this kid to have a big brother who'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2011

App Helps French Mothers Figure Out If Sons Are “Le Gay”

Apparently even French mothers have trouble answering the question "gay or European?" A new smartphone app offers French mothers a questionnaire to help figure out if their sons like sticking their French bread in a warm, buttery croissant ... or not. The $2.69 app asks 20 questions which inquire whether their bébé mimic…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2011

How To Teach Boys To Be Feminists

Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist. A couple of years ago, I recall a conversation I had with my 13-year-old nephew who is quite intelligent and a bit beyond his years.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 25, 2011

Evening Quickies: Parents Protesting Ben & Jerrry’s Schweddy Balls Ice Cream

A handwringing parents' group called One Million Moms is protesting Ben & Jerry's new flavor Schweddy Balls, which is named after a classic "Saturday Night Live" skit starring Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer. One Million Moms, which is affiliated with the Christan group American Family Association, huffily said of Schweddy Balls: "The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2011

Tori Spelling Worries About Screwing Her Kids Up

"I’m scared of screwing up my kids. I thought that once we were out of the baby stage, parenting would be a breeze. But it's an even bigger challenge now that Liam and Stella are older. They understand things. You just feel at every turn like, whoa, am I making the right decisions ... There…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 13, 2011

Kate Winslet Would Be Fine If Her Son Was Gay

"I like being in the city. I like the diversity that my children are exposed to every day. I love the way their brains work. [My son] Joe turns to me the other day and says 'One day I will have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, darling. Which would you prefer?' And I said 'My…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2011

Feminist Parenting Sounds Really Freakin’ Hard

One of the things that freaks me out the most about having kids someday is letting them choose their gender roles on their own. I am going to make a conscious and concerted effort to let my kids know they are loved and accepted however they choose to express themselves. But I'm also realistic…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011

Today In Terribleness: Kids, Dad Gang Up To Sue Mom For “Bad Mothering”

Michael Lohan ain't got nothing on Kimberly Garrity in the bad parenting department. The many grave and terrifying abuses inflicted upon her children include a sending a birthday card without money inside, failing to send care packages to her son at college, and calling her daughter at midnight on Homecoming to tell her to come…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 2, 2011

Evening Quickies: Four-Year-Old Girl Channels Dolly Parton On “Toddlers & Tiaras”

What is there to say, really, about a four-year-old girl wearing a padded bra and butt pads while she channels Dolly Parton on "Toddlers & Tiaras"? Her mother wore the same costume as a kid when she competed in pageants and obviously that's why she thinks sexualizing her four-year-old is A-OK. Excuse me while I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 1, 2011

Courtney Love Is Concerned About Frances Bean’s Tattoos

"I didn’t know she had that many tattoos! We don’t talk but we email, so I didn't know about the new ones she'd gotten. When she first got that Jeff Buckley thing I was, like, she knows I went on a date with him, right? And I saw the Quentin Crisp, I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2011

Megyn Kelly Defends Maternity Leave In Unlikely Feminist Fox News Moment

Something, dare I say, feminist happened over at Fox News yesterday! Anchorwoman Megyn Kelly schooled her guest, jerkface/conservative talk radio host Mike Gallagher, for calling her three months' maternity leave a "racket" on his radio show. You know, maternity leave — that time a woman takes off work to recuperate after a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2011

Nerd Girl Porn: Super Hot Dudes Holding Super Adorable Babies

Most would probably agree that the sight of a hot guy holding a baby in one of those hippie swaddle things is basically the hottest thing ever because it touches on two primal urges—the desire to f**k and the desire to procreate. I’m not saying all women want kids, but a glimpse of a hot…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 8, 2011

Breastfeeding Mom Harassed At Public Pool Despite Topless Law

In Norwalk, Ohio, Chrissy Houtz had a stranger take a picture of her while she was nursing her newborn son at the city pool, and they passed it around like a "wanted poster." She was harassed and told to stop, but after speaking with Ken Leber, the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Superintendent, who promised to…
By: The Stir / August 6, 2011

Grab Those Snippers! San Francisco Judge Nixes Circumcision Ban On Ballot

Snip away, San Francisco! A judge ruled yesterday that the city cannot vote on whether to ban circumcision on the ballot next election. The ban, which was spearheaded by activist Lloyd Schofield, would have made "genital mutilation" of minors punishable by a $1,000 fine or a year in prison. The Jewish community wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2011

Miranda Kerr Should Keep Labor Horror To Herself

Labor already has a terrible reputation, so when Miranda Kerr said her natural, drug-free birth was so painful, she thought she was going to die, most people probably were not terribly surprised. And while I am sure it was intense (because duh), it does not do women any good to hear all the time how…
By: The Stir / July 16, 2011

Racist Doctor Writes Prescription For Mom To Spank Her 5-Year-Old Biracial Son

Oh, Texas. A mother appeared before the Texas Medical Board last week to complain about an ER doctor at Huguley Memorial Medical Center who treated her five-year-old boy for a finger infection and wrote a prescription for her to "apply large paddle to bottom of child anytime he needs it." What's even more WTF…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2011

Casey Anthony Wasn’t Ready To Be A Mom, And Neither Was I

When Caylee Anthony disappeared in 2008, I followed the news coverage with a sick heart. I hugged my then-6-year-old daughter a little tighter and whispered multiple prayers of thanksgiving for her safety. Caylee's story made me imagine what it would be like to have a child disappear, and those thoughts terrified me on a level…
By: YourTango.com / July 9, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Italian Company Fires All Women “So They Can Stay Home” With Kids

When an Italian company Ma-Vib faced budget problems, it fired all 13 of its female employees and justified it claiming the women could stay home with their kids now: "We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2011

“Elimination Communication” — When Children Poop In Public

This weekend, a friend of mine posted the following on her Facebook wall:Just witnessed a new low in parenting. We were waiting in line for the ferry when the dad in front of us announced his kid had to go to the bathroom. Instead of, oh, I dunno, going to one of the many port-a-pottie…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 21, 2011

Deadbeat Dads Should Be Stigmatized Like Drunk Drivers, Says UK Prime Minister

Deadbeat dads should be stigmatized by society just like drunk drivers, UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in a Father's Day article for the Telegraph newspaper. Cameron blasted what he called "runaway" fathers and said society should be "genuinely hostile" and make them feel the "full force of shame heaped upon them." The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011
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