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In a recent interview with InStyle Magazine, Zooey Deschanel let out a secret- not all women are dying to have babies! Dang it, Zooey, the men weren’t supposed to know! In all seriousness, though, as someone who is not interested in having kids and hears all sorts of opinions on the topic (“You’re too young to decide!” “You just haven’t met the right guy yet!” “What if someday you’re with a guy who really wants ... Read More
Whether or not you give Alanis Morissette credit for producing ballad after ballad for just about every emotion a person could feel, for overcoming a major eating disorder in her late teens and later promoting eating disorder awareness, for that one time where she hosted the Juno awards in a nude leotard to comment on the era of censorship in our post-nipplegate society, or for kissing Carrie Bradshaw, Alanis Morissette is simply a goddess. Her new video for track ... Read More
Here’s a better question: when was the last time you watched a documentary that actually tried to initiate a conversation between you and its topic, without the writers, directors and producers attempting to manipulate your opinion towards their own? And when was the last time that you watched a documentary on a specific public issue that really exemplified the diversity of the people that the issue affects? I'm betting that neither are common, and though a ... Read More
This Sunday, May 11, we will celebrate the mothers in our lives, those women who, with the help of our fathers and other mentors, taught us how to be good people, whose shoulders we cried on and whose laughter brightened our days. In celebration of the holiday, international clothing brand Desigual released a mystifying commercial, one which many have found sexist and insulting. The ad presents a young woman trying on a slinky, colorful dress; catching her ... Read More
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
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