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If you have not already seen the World Toughest Job vid floating around your news feed, take a look before you read on. It's pretty damn sweet. This video is not only a clear reminder of the undeniable love and dedication required to be a parent and mother, but it is also a lesson about women's work. Labor has historically been divided along gender lines in families; women are in charge of the the home, and men handle outside work. Of course, ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. The photographer Elinor Carucci’s recent series Mother reads like a visual diary of the pains and pleasures of motherhood, a raw and uncensored confessional of love and a complex relationship to the female body. Within the aesthetic framework of more traditional portrayals of the mother, she highlights the visceral and bodily with romantic reverence. Carucci relies in part upon the image of the art ... Read More
The movie industry is no stranger to baby mama drama--from the creatively titled Baby Mama starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, to Teen Mom on MTV, there are countless tales of white folks struggling through unconventional parenthood.On My Own is a desperately needed breath of fresh air among otherwise painfully white-washed portrayals. The documentary tracks the lives of single African-American mothers, some of whom are raising as many as eight children on ... Read More
On her blog, Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton shares her awesome answer to her daughter's question: "Mom, am I pretty?" While many may have simply said 'yes,' Melton's response was a little more complex—she takes emphasis away from the word "pretty" and physical beauty in general. Here is an excerpt of what she said: “I think you’re pretty, Tish. I think you are very, very pretty. But pretty is a weak word, because it means different things ... Read More
  With all the “fit moms” and tabloid attention on “post-baby bodies,” we can lose sight of the fact that our beauty lies in our diversity. The fetishization of the mother with the "perfect body" is discouraging to women of all walks and phases of life, and it’s important to combat this kind of aggressive negativity by celebrating our bodies, minds, and lives. A few months ago, Maria Kang, often called “Fit Mom,” ... Read More
  The family photo album came into vogue in the 1800s, soon after photography was invented; the relatively quick process was convenient for middle class families who could not afford a painting. This isn’t to say that photography was ubiquitous; on the contrary, most folks could only afford to have one shot within their lifetimes. So unlike families today, who can easily upload thousands of images, Victorian families cherished each and every shot. It ... Read More
  The artist Addie Wagenknecht is known for her critical examinations of internet culture. In the past, she has staged performance art pieces revealing the appeal of anonymity. She has created internet pages that refuse to load, revealing our urgent need for gratification through imagery. In Brussels’s recent Digital Now exhibit, she uses the internet and technology, tools that she admits are generally controlled by men, to create groundbreaking and ... Read More
Gwyneth Paltrow talked about something unrelated to $250.00 sea salt and boy was it awesome.  In a recent interview with Red Magazine, Paltrow addressed the criticisms she, along with working mothers 'round the world, receive for the way they choose to balance their life. Check it: "It makes me cross. I personally think that the work-life balance for a woman should be exactly what she feels is right for her. And nobody else can set her time schedule. And ... Read More
Ana Casas Broda, "Kinderwunsch (Ana Playroom V)," from the Playroom series 2010. Photography, as a medium, is inextricably bound to the idea of motherhood. We see mothers (and fathers) everywhere snapping pictures of their infants. Art critic Roland Barthes rooted his discussion of the emotional power of photographs in an image he found of his mother after her death. Photography gives us a means of capturing something we know will soon be lost: the ... Read More
There's no doubt that social media and new forms of communication have made a shitload of difference in helping us connect to others. There's even a whole network of mommy bloggers and other forums dedicated to new mothers, but these connections generally can't provide the same support as the people who are close to you. A recent study shows that mothers in urban areas—who tend to be further away from their families and face more economic hardships—have ... Read More
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