You know Avital Norman Nathman as the columnist behind Mommie Dearest, our feminist parenting column. But Avital is also the “mom” of her first book, The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood To Fit Reality.
The anthology explores the same ground she writes about here on The Frisky, like teen parents, postpartum depression, the changing face of the American family. Contributors included maternal health advocate/model Christy Turlington Burns, New York Times Motherlode blogger K.J. Dell’Antonia, Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti, Manifesta co-author Jennifer Baumgardner, The Radical Housewife blogger Shannon Drury, and many others.
I’m not saying this just because Avital is one of our columnists — I genuinely loved The Good Mother Myth. It provoked me to think about feminism and motherhood in ways I hadn’t before and opened my eyes more to how gender identity, race and class alter the experience. I gave Avital a call over Skype to chat about her book, myths surrounding motherhood, and how to know when you’re ready to have kids. Our interview, after the jump: Keep reading »
Anyone who’s ever read a Nicholas Sparks sobfest knows that even simple books are capable of eliciting major emotional reactions, but thanks to MIT researchers and a project called “Sensory Fiction,” books might soon be able to make you feel much more than that. Like, really feel it. Their new “wearable book” aims to replicate the feelings and mood of the book for whoever’s reading it. The book itself is lined with lights and sensors, which change based on the atmosphere of whatever scene you’re reading. But it’s the accompanying vest that’s the real game changer: it creates physical sensations to match whatever the character is experiencing on any given page: tightness in the chest, rapid heartbeat, shaking, shivering, heat, cold, etc. Part of me wants to shake my fist in the air and say, “Kids these days! They can’t even conjure their own emotional reactions to books without a computerized vest!” But the other part of me just thinks this is pretty damn cool. [Motherboard]
Still on the hunt for a last-minute gift for that hard-to-buy-for lady in your life? Not sure what to ask for yourself? Don’t worry, The Frisky staff is here to help! We’ll be compiling our Christmas lists (along with some pertinent stats) to help you get inspired. Or just take a voyeuristic peek into our deepest consumerist desires. Either way.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Favorite Book: The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green
Signature Drink: A honeybee (rum, lemon juice and honey!)
Primary Interests: Reading, documentaries, Pinterest, feminism, Starbucks, sex, polka dots, baby pandas, Clive Owen.
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Everyone makes fun of me at the office for being a germophobe. But read this story and tell me I’m wrong: professors in Belgium ran toxicology and bacteriology tests on library books and found that Fifty Shades Of Grey had the herpes virus. Oh, yes. The two profs checked out the 10 most borrowed books in the Antwerp library to test them for germs and drugs. Not only did the E..L. James BDSM erotica have traces of herpes, but they also found traces of cocaine on every single other book. Relax, though: you won’t get a contact high or a persistent vaginal itch from any of these books because the concentrations of both were so minimal. (Just to be safe, Belgians, you could always wear condoms on your hands while reading!) Let’s talk about the appropriate way to use library books, people. Tip #1: DON’T GIVE YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS STDS. [TIME]
If you haven’t seen Ylvis’s “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)” music video yet, stop what you’re doing right now and watch it. I’ll wait. You could call it weird or overplayed, but I still happen to think it’s hilarious. Apparently, so do the folks at Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing because the song is coming to book form! On December 10, a picture book based on the song will be released for curious kids everywhere who are still wondering what in fact the fox actually says. (The verdict is still out on that one). Brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker are behind Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo with a whole repertoire of laugh-worthy performances under their belts. This latest quirky creation has been viewed over 200 million times and counting on YouTube. Maybe with the money they’re getting from this book deal, they can put some towards researching what the fox actually does say. [ABC News]