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Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

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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 pill, to be sold over-the-counter without age restriction. Her rationale was to protect 11-year-old girls from taking something that might harm them. President Obama backed her up, asked us to use “common sense” and pulled the daddy card.

Well, I’m pulling the mommy card. Keep reading »

Our Kind Of Parenting Book

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All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »
"What To Expect"
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Bad Baby Daddy
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Dog Shuts Up Baby
This dog tells an annoying baby to shut up. Watch »

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] Keep reading »

Motherhood Only Makes Ani Di Franco More Radical

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“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 off on music or something. Where is the music of where you get older? To be content and secure in your personal life doesn’t make you lose your edge so much. For me it almost gives me more fuel to be radical, to be political, to be fighting the good fight because you have something to stand on. When you’re all wrapped up in your personal foibles it’s hard to have any energy for changing the world or whatever. But now I feel more energized because I have that support system behind me.”

It isn’t hard to impress me when it comes to Ani Di Franco. But I want to send this interview with Ani on Bitch‘s web site to every mama that I know. She reminds me of something the iconic feminist Gloria Steinem often says, which is that women grow more feminist with age. I can absolutely see how bringing a child into the world — a daughter, in Ani’s case — gives you that extra push to make it a better place. [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Looks … Underwhelming

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Oh yes, there is another rom-com chock-full of celebs is heading our way. Watch the trailer for “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and pray, as I am, that it offers more than the few slapstick jokes and one-liners shown here. “What To Expect,” slated to release in May 2012,  follows five  couples as they deal with first-time pregnancy and discover along the way that the classic baby book doesn’t exactly cover all of the bases. The ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, J. Lo, Ben Falcone, Thomas Lennon, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Joe Manganiello, Chase Crawford, Dennis Quaid, Matthew Morrison … and the list goes on. It’s a decent ratio of funny people to beautiful people, though I generally find that bigger does not mean better when cast size is involved. (Case in point, “New Years Eve”‘s lackluster reviews!) [Movies.Yahoo.com] Keep reading »

Homeschooling Tips From “Toddlers & Tiaras”

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More bad parenting on "Toddlers & Tiaras"! Read More »
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Costume: Pageant Princess
Supplies: a poofy dress, eye shadow, and a nini! Read More »

For what it’s worth, the mothers depicted on “Toddlers & Tiaras” are not widely considered the bastions of good parenthood. I’ve never actually watched the show, but from what I’ve heard and the clips I’ve seen, the parents of the pageant girls make a damn good case for exactly how not to raise a child. In this sneak peek clip from this week’s new episode, which airs tonight, a mother who home-schools her children reveals just how “dedicated” she is to keeping them social. In fact, she tells the camera, “We have taken our children to several drag shows. I’ve had her performing ‘Poker Face’ on the bar at Applebee’s.” Funny, because that’s exactly how I would socialize my hypothetical home-schooled kids! But don’t worry: “It’s not like people threw dollars at her or anything.” Whew. [AOL TV]

If Your Little Girl Wears Crotchless Thongs, You Are A Bad Parent

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Eight weirdly sexual products you won't believe are for kids. Read More »
7-Yr-Old Gets Boob Job Voucher
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"Human Barbie" mom gives boob job voucher to her 7-year-old. Read More »
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If I ever have a daughter, I know what she’s getting for her seventh birthday: a crotchless thong, of course! No, but seriously, a Colorado woman was shopping with her children at Kids N Teen in Greeley Mall when she spotted the unthinkable: a tiny thong featuring a split down the crotch. Erin French snapped a cell phone video and went to the media; the owner of Kids N Teen initially defended her choice of merchandise by saying that “25 percent of her merchandise is for teens.” (The crotchless thongs have since been removed.) I don’t know which is worse — the fact that crotchless thongs for little girls exist or the fact that the store owner even believes them to be suitable for 9th graders. What ever happened to kids being kids (and wearing underwear not blatantly intended for sex)? [9news.com via Jezebel]

Today’s Lady News: Photo Of Boy With Down Syndrome Who “Survived Roe Vs. Wade” Spreading Around Facebook

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Andrea Friedman, an actress on "Family Guy," kicks ass! Read More »
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  • A photograph of this adorable little boy is circling around Facebook. The boy has Down Syndrome and he’s holding a sign (written by someone who is not him) which reads: “I may not be perfect but I’m happy. I am God’s handiwork and I bear His image. I am blessed. I am the 10% of children born with Down Syndrome who survived Roe vs Wade.” (Roe vs. Wade was the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion.) Well, this makes me feel uncomfortable. There is no reason to doubt that this little boy is happy, loved, and cared for, and God bless him and his parents for the hardships they overcome on a daily basis. But perhaps it would have been more appropriate for his parents to have posed with a sign that said, “We love our son, who happens to have Down Syndrome” (for example), rather than use him as a prop? What do you think? [LifeNews.com] Keep reading »

The 7 Worst Ever Celebrity Dads

Michael Lohan Arrests
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The many arrests of Michael Lohan. Read More »

I’m fully convinced that Michael Lohan’s headline-making domestic violence arrest yesterday was copied straight out of Mel Gibson’s playbook. Of course, Mel’s famed blowouts were uniquely terrible because some of them were directed towards the teenage son of ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Last month, Mel paid $100,000 to Oksana’s 14-year-old for the guarantee that he wouldn’t sue the once-respected actor for reportedly “terrorizing” him during altercations with his mother. That’s low, even for Mel Gibson. Additionally, his own toddler daughter with Grigorieva bore witness to a number of her father’s detonations.

It’s hard to top this sh**ty parenting, but surprise, surprise, more than a few celebs come come! After the jump, six more celebrities who I definitely wouldn’t want for a dad.

Dumb Parenting Of The Day: Drunk Dad Makes 9-Year-Old Drive

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Mother arrested for posting pics of her baby with a bong on Facebook. Read More »
Dueling Dad
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Parents discipline daughter with a Medieval duel. Watch »
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Michigan man, Shawn Weimer reached an all-time parenting low when, after a night of drinking, he recruited his 9-year-old daughter to play chauffeur. Propped up on a booster seat, the girl drove Shawn to the gas station to fill up his van and pick up a pack of cigarettes. For her efforts, she was rewarded with a candy apple and her father’s praise. “Nine years old. Nine! Gas, brake, listen, we’re leaving, and she’s driving. I’m drunk,” Shawn bragged to the cashier. It probably wasn’t the best idea for him to broadcast his crime like that. As a result of his all-around stupidity and recklessness, the cops were called and they pulled the van over even though the girl claimed she was “driving good.” Shawn is facing felony child abuse charges, obvs. Parenting at its finest. [Dumb As A Blog]

Sexist Beliefs Are Passed Down From Mom, Study Finds

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Children learn more than just ABCs at their mother’s breast: a new study of 1,455 adolescents and their parents in Spain finds that mothers are the parent most likely to socialize traditional gender roles and therefore pass along sexist beliefs.

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